This case story, part of the ELIXR series, focuses on the benefits and challenges of creating and using rubrics in the classroom. There are three modules. The first is a series of roundtable discussions among faculty about rubrics. The second module has a series of discipline-specific case stories featuring one faculty member and how this faculty member has used rubrics in the classroom. The third module provides resources: two tutorials and three articles.
Type of Material:
Case Stories & Tutorials
• Individual homework assignment;
• Group assignment for discussion;
• Resource material for an online course.
* Faculty Development
Identify Major Learning Goals:
• Describe the uses of assessment rubrics;
• Discuss the benefits of using rubrics;
• Identify the challenges of developing rubrics;
• Discuss faculty and student attitudes toward the use of rubrics;
• Identify the components of effective rubrics;
• Write observable learning objectives
• Choose learning activities that support learning objectives
• Choose assessments that match activities and objectives
• Use a taxonomy to align learning objectives, activities and assessments
• Describe what rubrics are and how they can benefit you and your students
• Discuss assessment concepts that relate to rubrics
• Demonstrate how to create a rubric
• Judge the quality of the rubrics you create
Target Student Population:
• Faculty (all levels), Curriculum Developers, Instructional Designers, Faculty Developers; any professional tasked with assessing some type of performance;
• Instructional design courses; teacher training programs; faculty professional development programs.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
The case stories and discussions are well-balanced between challenges and benefits. I appreciated the honesty of the discussions. I felt that the viewer will receive a number of good tips to use when creating their own rubrics. Easy to use and understand; • Provides audio and visual information for different types of learners; • Allows participants to complete a self-assessment to gauge understanding.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Although there will be faculty who will bristle at the notion of using rubrics, I believe the participants here built a strong case for the use of rubrics in the classroom, especially in regard to helping students understand what is expected of them in the course. The self-assessment allows students to identify gaps in their understanding
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This module was very easy to use and I liked the fact that you could download case stories for future review. The glossary is well done; The self-assessment is interactive and provides support for incorrect choices; Text and audio are provided for each video.
Many of the links in the Resources for the Tutorials do not work.
The link to Creating a Rubric Course does not work throughout the Assessment and Instructional Alignment tutorial.
Other Issues and Comments:
Information about navigation, the ability to change font brightness and size, and information about screen-readers is very helpful.