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Welcome to these slides about using and creating Rubrics for College. Learn, share and enjoy this slideshow, and uncover some useful information that you can immediately apply to make your life easier ...

Welcome to these slides about using and creating Rubrics for College. Learn, share and enjoy this slideshow, and uncover some useful information that you can immediately apply to make your life easier while enhancing the learning experience of your students!



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  • Susan, I found your presentation as I was researching rubrics for two new assignments I created this semester. I love the way you explained the need for a well-crafted assignment prior to creating a rubric. I also appreciated the detailed explanation of the components of a rubric. I am a 'feedback' type of instructor and believe that students need to know their specific strengths and areas that need improvement. However, I had never thought of a creating a 'chart' that shares this information. I am definitely going to incorporate that this year. Thank you so much. This presentation is a powerful resource that I have shared on all of my social networks. Two Thumbs Up!!!!
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    • Rubrics for College The Easy Steps Way™
      Susan Lieberman
    • Program
      Let’s go to the Opera!
      Objectives of rubrics
      Preparation of assignments
      Elements of rubrics
      Application – Draft a rubric
      Rubrics for College
    • But first “What is a rubric???”
      Rubric derives from ruber,the Latin word for red
      In medieval times, legal instructions were written in red and rubric meant something that authoritatively instructed people (Wiggins, p154)
      “A rubric is a scoring tool that lays out specific expectations for an assignment” (Stevens & Levi, p3)
      Rubrics for College
    • Rubrics for College
    • Types of rubric
      Choose from many types
      This presentation focuses on one type of rubric
      Easy to mark
      More objective
      Based on a grid system
      Criteria along one axis
      Numerical scores along other axis
      Rubrics for College
    • Farah’s Teaching Challenge
      Farah was part-time faculty teaching two different courses that seemed to change each semester
      Other teachers would say to her, “Farah, use a rubric. It will make your life easier.”
      But when would she ever find the time to create the rubric?
      Rubrics for College
    • Farah’s Challenge 2
      Students asked “Miss, where’s the rubric?” & were upset when there was no rubric
      And because no rubric, Farah had to spend extra time explaining the assignment to students
      And Farah had to spend extra time marking the assignments
      And, after handing out the marked assignments, Farah had to spend extra time justifying her assessments.
      Rubrics for College
    • Farah’s Challenge 3
      Farah works hard preparing her courses & wants to explore more online resources, but time is always chasing her
      She wishes that she could tap into useful resources more quickly – both using and sharing resources
      She needs an “all-in-one” rubric resource
      Finally, a colleague told her to visit a lens at Squidoo solely devoted to Rubrics for College
      She said to herself, “This is it! I will visit this lens do something for ME finally!”
      Rubrics for College
    • Objectives – What does Farah want to achieve through use of rubrics?
      Save grading time
      Convey effective feedback
      Promote student learning
      Reduce hassles!!!!!
      Minimize marking complaints
      Prepare better assignments
      Provide more perceived objectivity
      Give transparency and consistency in marking
      Rubrics for College
    • You need a good rubric!
      But first, you need a good assignment!
      The next slides examine the design of a good assignment
      Rubrics for College
    • Sample Assignment
      Farah turns to her students and says “Oh, your final assignment is due in 2 weeks. Write an essay on “The Life of a Bat” and prepare a 10 minute presentation”
      Rubrics for College
    • What do you think of this assignment?
      Rubrics for College
    • Prepare an adequate assignment
      (to be explained …)
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    • Written & Detailed
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      2 marks off for presentation? At least 12 font Times New Roman & 1 inch borders – like, how would I know that?!
      I’m sure I told them all the requirements – I think?!
    • Relevant
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      This is a n anthropology class –just what am I supposed to say about the life cycle of a bat?
    • Content of an assignment
      C ontext
      O bjectives
      N umbers
      T imelines
      E xpectations
      N orms
      T opography
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    • Context
      How does assignment fit into Course?
      Course name
      Anthropology 100
      Assignment title
      The Lifecycle of a Bat
      This assignment will demonstrate your understanding of …
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    • Objectives of assignment
      Why do this assignment?
      Define assignment objectives
      Refer to course outline objectives
      Knowledge, Skills, Attitude
      Whatever is shown as assignment objective must have some grade assigned
      Whatever has a grade assigned must be listed as an objective
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    • Numbers
      How many marks is assignment worth?
      How much of final course mark is represented by this assignment?
      How much is each objective worth?
      If a student “meets expectations”, how much is this worth?
      What are mark penalties for non-compliance?
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    • Timelines
      When is assignment due?
      Late penalties?
      Last date to hand in?
      Progress report dates?
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    • Expectations
      Identify & articulate instructions
      Content expectations – eg …
      Perform & record an experiment
      Select and analyze an article
      Prepare a grant proposal
      Write a one-act play
      Process expectations – eg …
      Group and/or individual?
      Use of resources
      Presentation standards
      Progress reports?
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    • Norms
      • Convey level of expectation
      • What is the average targeted mark?
      • 65%, 70%, 75% …
      • Use this mark for the “meets expectation” level of the assessment
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    • Topography
      Assignment should map out the instructions and expectations in a logical & descriptive way
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    • Assignments
      Written, detailed, relevant
      CONTENT – driven
      “A successful rubric begins with a well-drafted assignment”
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    • Elements of a Rubric
      E lements of a Rubric
      Cell descriptions
      What do each represent?
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    • Elements of a Rubric The “Awesome” OSM Approach
      O bjectives
      Row headings
      S tandards
      Column headings
      Levels of achievement
      M easurement
      Cell descriptions
      Achievement differentiation
      Grade assignment
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    • Objectives/Criteria (Rows)
      Recall assignment objectives
      Connect each to an assessment criterion
      Specific, measurable and action-oriented
      Learning objective  assessment criterion
      Eg Assignment objective requires student to analyze practical situation
      Rubric Criterion (row heading) - “Application of theory to facts”
      Eg Rubric criterion assesses correct grammar, spelling, organization …
      Assignment objective – Student will prepare a written summary demonstrating good grammar, spelling and organization
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    • Standards (Columns)
      Determine number of proficiency levels
      Total of all “meets expectation” grades should produce approximate average mark
      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!
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    • Measurement (Cells)
      Select measurement tool for each criteria
      Decide how to measure proficiency for that criteria
      Quality(How well was the task done?)
      Eg Did the student connect the theory to the 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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    • “Extra”
      Farah likes to provide her students with lots of comments pointing out to them where additional work is needed
      A chart summarizing common weaknesses will be useful – she can mark off which points are applicable
      Example appears on Slide 4
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    • Special SituationGroup Rubrics
      Is each member contributing?
      How to apportion marks?
      Reliable feed-back about group dynamic?
      Has there been intimidation?
      Has each member tackled all aspects?
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    • Groups - Suggestions
      Members assign group roles at outset and monitor
      Members each submit rough work
      Peer assessments
      Compulsory or voluntary
      Submit process description (who did what %)
      Organization, research, writing, presentation …
      Progress report(s)
      Written submissions describing group problems within a tight timeframe
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    • Resources about …
      Farah asks where she can find useful resources about
      Typesof rubrics
      Methods to create rubrics
      Theory of rubrics
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    • Creating & Sharing Rubric Resources
      Squidoo Lens ( )
      “Reduce Hassles, Teach Smarter – Rubrics for College”
      Delicious bookmarks ( )
      Tagged bookmarks which relate to rubrics
      RubiStar: ( )
      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.”
      iRubric ( )
      Site for free development and sharing of rubrics
      Public gallery, how-to videos and building tools
      Rubrics for College
    • Rubric Template
      Rubrics for College
      • OK to reduce/increase/ rename standards
      • OK to reduce/add more criteria
    • And, one more word …
      “Hello Susan,
      I attended your session last Wednesday evening. Was it timely! I had just picked up [a major (10-20 page) assignment] to mark from my class. The first thing I did was prepare a rubric. It made the whole process manageable, fair and consistent, and will provide the necessary feedback to the students. I believe that the use of rubrics should be mandatory not optional...”
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    • Wrap-up
      Follow The Easy Steps Way™ to create rubrics for college and better understand
      Objectives of rubrics
      Preparation of assignments
      Elements of rubrics
      Application – Draft a rubric
      Rubrics for College
    • About the author …
      “TeachCollege” (Susan Lieberman) teaches at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Canada
      As a lawyer and a chartered accountant, I mainly teach business students Introduction to Business Law
      My passion is 'Teaching through Multi-media Storytelling' - stay tuned as soon I'll present slides on that topic
      I enjoy working with other faculty and helping them to develop their teaching skills
      Keep checking for slides on various college teaching topics such as classroom management and lesson plans
      I thank my dear family, friends and colleagues for their support
      Rubrics for College