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Effective Grading: Rubrics as Tools for Grading. Presented by Alix Darden Adapted from a presentation by: Spencer Benson, Director Center for Teaching Excellence University of Maryland. 7 Principles for Good Practice (Chickering & Gamson, 1987). Encourages student-faculty contact

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effective grading rubrics as tools for grading
Effective Grading: Rubrics as Tools for Grading

Presented by Alix Darden

Adapted from a presentation by:

Spencer Benson,

Director Center for Teaching Excellence

University of Maryland

7 principles for good practice chickering gamson 1987
7 Principles for Good Practice(Chickering & Gamson, 1987)
  • Encourages student-faculty contact
  • Encourages cooperation among students
  • Encourages active learning
  • Gives prompt feedback
  • Emphasizes time on task
  • Communicates high expectations
  • Respects diverse talents and ways of learning
watch the following video
Watch the Following Video
  • The video is of a persuasion speech
  • URL = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYtm8uEo5vU
  • Give the Presentation a letter grade
what are rubrics
What are Rubrics
  • Tools for assessment management
    • Helps keep grading consistent
    • Save time
    • Promote student learning
    • Convey feedback
    • Help students understand what is expected
    • Help students understand their grade
why use a rubric1
Why Use a Rubric?
  • Saves time and effort
  • Refines and improves one’s teaching
  • Allows for increased consistency of grading
  • Provide timely feedback to students
  • Helps prepare students to use feed back
  • Facilitates communication about assignments and criteria (transparency)
  • Enhances student learning and engagement
collection of responses
Collection of Responses
  • “What’s Wrong”
    • Nothing
    • Too few traits
    • Too many traits
    • Too few levels
    • Too many levels
the nature of the rubric is essential
The Nature of the Rubric is Essential
  • With the first rubric: A diverse panel of faculty scored samples of student writing. We observed a wide range of differences in scores, e.g. for the same item
  • With the second rubric: A diverse panel of graduate students gave consistent scoring of a large sample of similar student writings
rubric help student learning
Rubric Help Student Learning

When students know what is expected the work product is often better

  • Better student products = easier grading

When student understand the grading criteria there are less complaints

  • Less student complaints = more time
lets watch the following video again
Lets Watch the Following Video Again
  • This time use the supplied rubric (handout, white paper) to assign a score 0-100
rubric for scoring the speech
Rubric for Scoring The Speech

15 X 5 = 25 +10 = 85

TOTAL SCORE = accumulated points X 5 + 10 ________________________

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Rubrics allow faster gradingRubrics allow for peer reviewRubrics allow you to look at specific components of student learning

constructing a rubric
Constructing a Rubric
  • Reflect
    • What do you want from the students, e.g. what is goal of the assignment/assessment?
  • List
    • The specific criteria/objectives
  • Group and Label
    • Group similar objectives
  • Apply
    • Develop the rubric
  • Refine
      • Adjust the rubric
on line resource rubistar
On-Line resourceRubistar
  • RubiStarhttp://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
things to consider
Things to Consider
  • Adapt existing rubrics
  • Use the rubric as a short cut to reduce grading time
    • Check boxes
    • Circle the characteristics
  • Provide the rubric with the assignment
    • Makes grading more transparent
    • Helps students know what is expected
  • Involve students in developing the rubric
resources
Resources
  • The Effects of Instructional Rubrics on Learning to Write
    • http://cie.asu.edu/volume4/number4/
  • Scoring rubrics: what, when and how?
    • Scoring rubrics: what, when and how?. Moskal, Barbara M.
  • Create Your Own Rubrics Online
    • RubiStarhttp://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
  • Rubrics Generator (free)
    • http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/
reflections
Reflections
  • How might you use rubrics in your SoTL project?
  • Where in your assessment of student learning would a rubric help you determine what learning is and is not developing in the students?
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