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Using Rubrics to Improve Learning

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A 2010 presentation given by Gail Matthews-DeNatale to Emmanuel College Nursing faculty.

A 2010 presentation given by Gail Matthews-DeNatale to Emmanuel College Nursing faculty.

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  • 1. Using Rubrics toImprove Learning
    Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, Emmanuel College
    Special Thanks to Simmons College Blended Learning Initiative
  • 2. What is a rubric?
    Explicit Set of Criteria, Indicators
    Describes a Spectrum of Quality
    Serves as a Tool for Assessment and Evaluation
  • 3. Assessment vs. Evaluation
    Assessment (formative)
    Asks the question “What would make the learning better?” … forms learning
    Improves works-in-progress, quality of writing, participation, etc.
    Evaluation (summative)
    Determines the worth, assigns a grade, sums things up
  • 4. Types of Rubrics
    Course Specific
    Assignments
    Groupwork
    Participation
    Institution- or Program-Wide
    Writing
    Professional or Disciplinary Standards
  • 5. Example: Writing Rubric
  • 6. Rubric Uses
    Before beginning an assignment
    Clarify your own (assumed) expectations to make them explicit for your students
    Explain assignment rationale
    Help students understand the
    Larger picture
    Constituent elements
    Connections between assignment and goals
  • 7. Example: Project Rubric
  • 8. Rubric Uses
    During an assignment:
    Tool for peer feedback and self-assessment
    Anytime, anyplace support and guidance
  • 9. Example: Self/Peer Assessment
  • 10. Rubric Uses
    After an assignment
    Saves time in scoring
    Makes expected quality of performance explicit
    Aids uniformity in grading
  • 11. Suggestions
    Determine desired learning outcomes
    Consider professional competencies and/or disciplinary elements
    Divide task into different skills
    Define success
    Articulate and label the levels of performance
    Get feedback!
  • 12. Why are rubrics useful online?
    Peer review
    Guides independent student work
    Clarifies expectations
    Anytime support
  • 13. Handouts
    About Rubrics
    Rubric on Rubrics