Using Rubrics toImprove Learning Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Ph.D. Associate Dean, Emmanuel College Special Thanks to Simmons College Blended Learning Initiative
What is a rubric? Explicit Set of Criteria, Indicators Describes a Spectrum of Quality Serves as a Tool for Assessment and Evaluation
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
Types of Rubrics Course Specific Assignments Groupwork Participation Institution- or Program-Wide Writing Professional or Disciplinary Standards
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
Rubric Uses After an assignment Saves time in scoring Makes expected quality of performance explicit Aids uniformity in grading
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!
Why are rubrics useful online? Peer review Guides independent student work Clarifies expectations Anytime support