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1 Leveling the Playing Field for Students: An Introduction to Grading with Rubrics Jeanette McDonald Teaching Support Services

2 What is a rubric? A rubric is a scoring tool that lays out the specific expectations for an assignment (Levi & Stevens, 2005, p.3).

3 Why use a rubric? provide timely feedback prepare students to use detailed feedback encourage critical thinking facilitate communication with others help refine our teaching methods level the playing field mitigate opportunities for academic dishonesty

4 What does a rubric consist of? task description dimensions (e.g., organization, content, style) scales (e.g., excellent, satisfactory, poor) criteria for performance

5 Template Scale 1Scale 2Scale 3 Dimension 1 Dimension 2 Dimension 3 Dimension 4 Task Description brief description of assignment as noted in syllabus

6 Variations on a theme 3 x 5 rubric (may be more depending on assessment components) holistic or scoring guide rubric (only highest level listed) staged rubrics (aligns with staged assignment)

7 The Construction Process Stage 1: Reflection Stage 2: Listing Stage 3: Grouping & Labeling Stage 4: Application Stage 5: Evaluate

8 Learning Outcome Weighting (%) Assessed Components Learning Activities Teaching Approach Content & Support Material Course Blueprint

9 Grading with Rubrics establishing performance benchmarks providing detailed formal feedback supporting individualized, flexible feedback conveying summative feedback

10 Involving Students ? ! Benefits clarify expectations for assignment; avoid mis- understandings student awareness of their role in learning process reduce professor workload with construction Approaches Present Model Feedback Model Pass the Hat Model Post-it Model 4 X 4 Model

11 Stage 1: Reflecting Stage 2: Listing Stage 3: Grouping & Labeling Stage 4: Application Presentation Professor Q&A / Rubric not changed Feedback Professor Both edit for clarity Pass-the-Hat Professor Students Both group student contributions Both create final rubric Post-it ProfessorStudentsBoth facilitate grouping Both create final rubric 4X4 Students Rubric Model Construction

12 Resources: download rubrics share rubrics discuss use of rubrics Stylus Publications – Introduction to Rubrics See also:


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