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Peer Review

Elixr: Assessment Rubrics

by Joni Dunlap


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 12, 2014 by Faculty Development
Overview: 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
Recommended Uses: • Individual homework assignment; • Group assignment for discussion; • Resource material for an online course. * Faculty Development
Technical Requirements: Flash
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: Teaching experience

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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.
Concerns: 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.