Rubrics represent a semi-standardised way of measuring student performance against pre-determined outcomes. They assist in elaborating both requirements and performance.
What are Rubrics?
In their most simple form, a rubric is a statement of outcomes that can be measured if desired.
This object provides a basic rubric. After reading this page, you will have learned something about Rubrics. Most lesson plans start with an objective that outlines what students will achieve during the session. Checking back at the end of the lesson is where the Rubric starts to become useful.
In the above example, the check-back could be
A basic rubric for this activity/reflection could be:
|Knowledge||Can list 5 things||Can list 4 things||Can list 3 things||Can list 2 things|
|Application|| Can develop and
apply own rubric
| Can modify another
rubric and apply
|Can apply a rubric||Can identify a rubric|
More complex rubrics
Assessing work in a wiki is a challenge. The kinds of activities that a wiki allows means that all work is open for attribution to an individual. This means that group work becomes open to analysis. Some wikis allow for the extraction of data which can be imported into excel for summarising towards marks. Wiki Rubrics give an overview of the evolution of some rubrics which for assessing participation, interaction and evidence of deep learning (reflection). These rubrics have been developed from work undertaken on Tiki Wiki.
Mapping rubrics to objectives
A key part of developing rubrics is to establish clear objectives for learning and assessment. Clear statements of objectives allow for breaking down of assessment tasks into clear guidelines for students and clear processes for assessing student work. Rubric development often takes practice, and good examples are found on many websites.
Developing rubrics for use in collaborative environments provides a great challenge for educators. Wiki Rubrics are a part of an ongoing research into processes that both facilitate learning and provide evidence of that learning in students.
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