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A step-by-step guide to creating rubrics, this presentation goes through the basics in creating a rubric for an assignment on plagiarism.

A step-by-step guide to creating rubrics, this presentation goes through the basics in creating a rubric for an assignment on plagiarism.

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  • 1. Building RubricsThe Easy Steps Way™
    Susan Lieberman
    The Business School
    2011
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada License.
  • 2. Session Format
    Explain what a rubric is & why it is useful
    Describe how to create a rubric
    Design a rubric for a short assignment on Plagiarism
    Follow-up: Please feel free to email me any rubrics for feed-back (susan.lieberman@humber.ca )
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  • 3. Mort’s Challenge
    Mort created an assignment on Plagiarism
    He heard about rubrics and wants to create a rubric for this assignment
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  • 4. Plagiarism Assignment
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    BBC News Europe
    German Defence Minister Guttenberg resigns over thesis
  • 5. Question : What is a Rubric?
    “A rubric is a scoring tool that lays out specific expectations for an assignment” (Stevens & Levi, p3)
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    Let’s look at an example ...
  • 6. Building Rubrics
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    RUBRIC
  • 7. Question : Why use rubrics?
    Rubrics
    • Save grading time
    • 8. Convey effective feedback
    • 9. Promote student learning
    • 10. Reduce hassles by minimizing marking complaints
    • 11. Result in better assignments
    • 12. Provide more perceived objectivity
    • 13. Give transparency and consistency in marking
    • 14. Reveal standards of discipline
    • 15. Share benchmark qualities
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  • 16. Question: How are rubrics made?
    Rubric consists of
    Columns
    Standards, proficiency
    Rows
    Objectives, criteria
    Cell descriptions
    Measurement, differentiation
    (May add optional “Needs Improvement Checklist”)
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  • 17. Columns (Standards)
    Determine number of proficiency levels
    Generally, three or four levels work well
    Highest level (Excellent/ Exceeds expectation/ Expert/ Professional)
    Next level (Good/ Meets expectation/ Proficient/ Adequate)
    Lower level (Satisfactory/ Needs some improvement/ Developing/ Needs works)
    Lowest level (Weak/ Needs much improvement/ Novice/ You’re fired!)
    Recognize that in rubrics: 4 = 3, 3 = 2, but 4 ≠ 2
    Total of “meets expectation” grades should approximate average mark
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  • 18. Let’s help Mort …
    Label the columns for Mort’s rubric, using a scale of 0, 1, 2, 3
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  • 19. Rows (Objectives/Criteria)
    Learning objective ↔ assessment criterion
    Eg Assignment objective requires student to analyze practical situation & provide relevant solution
    Rubric Criterion (row heading) -> “Analysis & resolution of practical situation” (can be > 1 row)
    Eg Rubric criterion assesses correct grammar, spelling, organization …
    Assignment objective -> Student will prepare a written summary demonstrating good grammar, spelling and organization
    NOTE: May have to revise objectives!
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  • 20. Plagiarism Assignment Objectives
    Distil information from a well-selected newspaper article
    Engage in research
    Demonstrate understanding and avoidance of plagiarism
    Demonstrate correct & neat use of citations, grammar, spelling, words & sentence structure
    Relate abstract concept to practical situation
    Follow instructions
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  • 21. Help Mort set up rows
    A few hints…
    Not every row has to be worth the same amount (eg in sample rubric, some are out of 3 marks and others only 2 marks)
    Set up the rows & then see if any can be combined or split
    Remember the one-to-one correspondence test!
    Consider whether overall weighting is reasonable
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  • 22. Rubric Resources
    RubiStar: (http://rubistar.4teachers.org )
    Helps the teacher who wants to use rubrics, but does not have time to develop them from scratch
    Provides template rubrics that can “… be printed and used for many typical projects and research assignments.”
    Research & Writing, Research Report
    iRubric (http://www.rcampus.com/indexrubric.cfm )
    Site for free development and sharing of rubrics
    Public gallery, how-to videos and building tools
    Let’s search for the sample rubric called “Going to Court”
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  • 23. Cells (Measurement)
    Select measurement tool for each criteria
    Quality(How well was the task done?)
    Eg How well did student apply theory to facts?
    Quantity (How many of the tasks were done?)
    Eg Were all the instructions followed?
    Frequency(How often was the task done?)
    Eg How frequently were grammatical/spelling errors made?
    *Consequence (What is effect of the work done?)
    Eg Did the presentation hold the attention of the class?
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  • 24. Help Mort complete the cells
    Add descriptions to each cell, differentiating the different degrees of accomplishment
    Hint: put into words how you’ve already been assessing previous assignments
    At the same time, add categories to the “Needs Improvement” chart
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  • 25. … One Suggestion
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  • 26. Other resources
    Squidoo (www.squidoo.com/TeachCollege2 )
    Slideshare (www.slideshare.net/TeachCollege/rubrics-for-college-the-easy-steps-way )
    Merlot (www.merlot.org )
    M.E. Huba & J.E. Freed, Learner-centered assessment on college campuses: Shifting the focus from teaching to learning, 2000 (Allyn and Bacon)
     D.D. Stevens & A.J. Levi, Introduction to Rubrics, 2005 (Stylus)
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  • 27. Your “Final” Rubric – huh!!!!
    There is no “final” rubric!
    We review and revise, and review and revise, and ...
    Also, a suggestion for using the rubric: mark the first 10 or more assignments in pencil because even your interpretation may change – then go back and re-mark
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  • 28. Happy Mort
    You’ve helped Mort create a rubric for the Plagiarism Assignment
    He’s now ready to tackle lots more rubrics!
    He, and I, say “Thank you” 
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