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What’s a Rubric?


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This webinar is for faculty interested in learning more about rubrics and how to use the new rubric tool in Blackboard to assess student work. …

This webinar is for faculty interested in learning more about rubrics and how to use the new rubric tool in Blackboard to assess student work.

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  • Being a public declaration of expectations makes it not hidden, and especially not dependent on teacher mood swings.
  • The parts of the rubric call attention to parts of my assignment so I can revise (improve) it. Rubric comes from the Latin: Rubrica, which means: highlight in red, used to call attention to something (not to mark errors).
  • Grids, feedback systems, surveys should have EVEN numbers of choices, so people are forced to make a choice. If you use ODD number of choices, people will tend to chose a middle one! Results will not be as accurate.
  • This is the hardest part! It tells the student what the levels of performance should look like very clearly.
  • Rubrics give students guidelines to evaluate their own work. Whenever you can QUANTIFY – do it!
  • Issues: Language accessibility Helpful to show, don’t tell Negative language (power of language) Language is very subjective Hard to define qualitative issues
  • Model aspects (qualitative) you want students to learn (such as something insightful and/or original).
  • You don’t have to use the rubric all at once! You can do some parts at a time with students.
  • Rubrics are very skill oriented. You can use them to tally grades. So a kid who gets a B- knows why and where s/he can improve.
  • You don’t change the scale, you can change the task. Rubrics deal also with motivation and how I am related to others.
  • We need to teach the students to use the rubrics as a TOOL (not only as an evaluation). Create a habit of mind = self-assess.
  • Grade not using the rubric then grade with the rubric Do a test run
  • iRubric Google Forms and Rubrics Coastline College Rubric Generator v .01:
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    • 1. What’s a Rubric?What are some rubric tools?
    • 2. Presented byDr. Julia VanderMolenDepartment Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Health and Science (Online)Dr. Scott Benton, Course Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty Science (online)
    • 3. Logistics• Introductions• Speakers and Mic Headset is recommended• Future Workshops
    • 4. Add Poll Question
    • 5. Abstract• This webinar is for faculty interested in learning more about rubrics and how to use the new rubric tool in Blackboard to assess student work.
    • 6. Topics CoveredYou will learn the basics of a rubric – The what – The why – The parts of a rubricYou will be able to create rubrics to: – Guide student performance – Measure robust learning outcomes – Streamline grading and feedback
    • 7. What is a rubric?• A rubric is a lesson in quality.• A public declaration of expectations.• A communication tool.• A self-assessment tool for learners.• A gauge for examining performance.• A self-fulfilling prophecy.
    • 8. What Can You Assess with a Rubric?• Projects• Essays• Research Papers• Lab Work• Discussions• Presentations• ePortfolios• ….
    • 9. Let’s Share• Can you list an idea?
    • 10. The parts of a rubric: R u b r icS t a n d a r d s o f E x c e l le n c e C r it e r ia I n d ic a t o rs
    • 11. Standards of Excellence• Degrees of quality• Even number• Language or numbers• Weighting
    • 12. Criteria• The specific areas for assessment.• Focus areas for instruction.• Clear and relevant.• Age appropriate.• Form and function represented.
    • 13. Indicators• Descriptors of level of performance for the criteria.• Clear, observable language.• Clear to the learner.• Examples for learners.
    • 14. Problems with current practice• Consistency• Accuracy• Clarity• Utility• Power• Intent
    • 15. The Whole is the Sum of Its Parts• P = parts• W = whole• P+P+P=W
    • 16. How do rubrics alter instruction?• The teacher commits to teaching quality.• The teacher commits to assisting the student self-assess.• The focus is on each product and/or performance.• The labels are removed from students.• Specificity appears in all communications.• Everyone gives and receives feedback.
    • 17. Whom does a rubric assist?• It is a feedback system for students to judge a product or performance.• It is a feedback tool for teachers to provide clear, focused coaching to the learner.• It is a system that promotes consistent and meaningful feedback over time in a building and between buildings.• It is a communication tool for parents.
    • 18. Issues for implementation:• Special populations.• Applications for teaching “criteria”.• Developmental rubrics.• First and second draft.• Consistency across grades/departments.• Changing tasks.• Weighting for grades.• Report cards.
    • 19. Developing a Rubric with My Students:• Based on background of students for the particular work.• Examine professional criteria.• Focus on specific criterion.
    • 20. What makes a quality RUBRIC?• Clear essential • If points… clear to criteria. students upfront.• Realistic number of • The sequence of criteria. criteria is• Explicit, observable deliberate. indicators. • High interjudge reliability. • Tested out with students.
    • 21. Skills for Implementation• Knowledge and experience with specific skill• Practice with rubric• Objectivity• Presentation of rubric in advance to be sure all participants understand
    • 22. How do I get started?• Critique current models.• Ask students to define “quality” in relation to specific product or performance.• Translate into a modest rubric.
    • 23. Okay Now for Bb!1. How should I prepare for creating a rubric in Blackboard?2. How do I enter a rubric in Blackboard?3. How do I edit the Rubric Grid?4. How do I associate a rubric with an5. assessment?6. How do I grade with rubrics?7. How do I view a Rubric Evaluation Report?
    • 24. Creating a Rubric in Blackboard How do I enter a rubric in Blackboard? 1. Control Panel > Course Tools > Rubrics 2. Click on Create Rubric button.
    • 25. Creating a Rubric in Blackboard
    • 26. Creating a Rubric in Blackboard
    • 27. Blackboard Rubric Example
    • 28. Rubrics On Line• Rubistar:• RCampus - iRubric tool:• Rubric Builder:• Teachnology Rubric Generator:
    • 29. Other Tools of Interest and Ideas• roobrix: A Grading Tool Converting a rubric score to a percent grade:• Using MS Excel and formulas• Allen, D., & Tanner, K. (2006). Rubrics: Tools for Making Learning Goals and Evaluation Criteria Explicit for Both Teachers and Learners. CBE— Life Sciences Education, 5, 197–203.
    • 30. Questions and Comments
    • 31. Thank You!• Online Evaluation – Please be sure to take the evaluation