Building Rubrics: The Easy Steps Way


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Building Rubrics: The Easy Steps Way

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