Using Rubrics to Improve Learning


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

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Using Rubrics to Improve Learning

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