Getting started with rubrics
An assessment rubric is a set of guidelines that helps teachers distinguish different levels of quality in student work. The teacher describes a learning task, defines key outcomes, and sets standards for performance.
Rubrics are a concise way to convey your expectations to your students. After all, as a student, it’s much easier to perform exceptionally, if you know exactly what your professor thinks “exceptional” work looks like.
That quote is from an article at TCU eLearning – a great “first read” if you’ve always wanted to know more about rubrics. The three major projects in my multimedia course each have rubrics, and I find them invaluable: Podcast project | Image portfolio | Blog project.
NOTE: It’s critical that students see a rubric before they begin to work on the assignment!
Most people print rubrics on paper, but there are a few online rubric tools, including Rubistar. At Notre Dame we are looking into iRubric, which may integrate with our new collaboration and learning environment. I’m really surprised that a wider choice of software tools is not available for managing rubrics. Have any of you readers had success with one of these systems?