Rubric for biweekly Discussion Board participation self-assessment
Is learning competence equal or superior to that of a traditional classroom?
Are students engaged in the material? Does each student participate in the communication? Is there real depth to the students' responses?
Is there interaction between professors and their students, and between the students themselves? Has a "community of learners" been established from which students derive motivation?
We find that the attached Discussion Board Rubric works to turn ?no? answers into ?yes? answers. Items where it becomes difficult to answer either yes or no locate a developmental area that can be made a pedagogical focus.
Although, the instructor has an important role in moderating interactions, students can also self-assess by using the attached rubric questions in two ways: to help focus on essential learning of how to handle discussions and to help focus on the evidence that reflects development of scientific discussion skills.
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The purpose of the form is two-fold: (1) to check the reliability of the biweekly scores for participation in the discussion forum and (2) to identify problems with the discussion board rubric so that the scoring items can be revised to make the rubric score more accurate. Discussion board score changes are considered only for those students who self assess using this form. Students are expected to justify responses to these questions.
The questions are used in two ways: to help focus on essential learning of how to handle discussions about evolution and to help focus on the evidence that reflects your development of scientific discussion skills. Within a week of the bi-weekly deadline for the discussion board, students review the list to identify questions that can be answered ?yes.? They work to turn ?no? answers into ?yes? answers. Items where it becomes difficult to answer either yes or no locate the developmental area of focus. A score is calculated by counting ?yes? responses as 1 point, ?no? answers as 0 points, and difficult to answer ?yes? or ?no? as 1/2 point.
Compare your ideas to textbooks and other printed resources using evidence and references to support your statements.
Consider alternatives and justify the ideas you support.
Recognize naive ideas and relinquish or refine them after considering evidence.