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Peer Review

Rubric Machine

by Al Andrade


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Jul 04, 2008 by Teacher Education
Overview: The Rubric Machine is an online tool for creating performance-based rubrics. The website uses a wizard to walk an instructor through the planning process of developing a rubric. When finished, the instructor can use a provided link to allow students to assess each other's work.
Type of Material: tutorial and resource
Recommended Uses: This would be a great tool to use in a teacher education assessment course. It might be nice to have an assignment which compared various rubric creation tools. Preservice and inservice teachers could use the site as well as methods and student teaching support classes.
Technical Requirements: Users will need general knowledge of how to use forms in Web pages.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The goal of Rubric Machine is to help educators create rubrics that clearly show students what is meaningful on a performance-based assignment. The Rubric Machine site provides both background and a tool for developing such rubrics.
Target Student Population: University teacher education students, college professors who want to improve their assessment, K-12 educators
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Learners should have a basic understanding of assessment language. There are plenty of examples so even someone coming in blank should be able to create quality rubrics with this tool.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Unlike other sites which only show the technical side of creating rubrics, Rubric Machine helps instructors learn how to plan for quality assessment of performance-based assignments. Both brief and extended explanations are available to users regarding rubrics, rubric construction, and rubric use.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The Rubric Machine could be used by university professors and teacher education students to plan assessment of performance-based assignments for their students. It should be used early in the process of developing the assignment as it helps educators focus on what they really believe is important in the learning activity.
Concerns: The final output is a web link that can be emailed or added to a web page. It would be nice if other formats were available such as code for embedding the rubric into a web page or WebQuest. Also, some may prefer a PDF output for printing. These are minor issues as there are workarounds.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The Rubric Machine is easy to use. Rubric creators are walked through a series of steps to plan and create their assessments, with context sensitive help and examples available at every turn. The site even contains user forums where instructors can ask for help and get feedback on their rubrics.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: The website looks like it was designed to include other tools but Rubric Machine is the only one available. It would be good to focus the site on Rubric Machine if there aren't plans to add other tools soon.