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  • 1. Rubrics for CollegeThe Easy Steps Way Susan Lieberman

2. Program Lets go to the Opera! Objectives of rubrics Preparation of assignments Elements of rubrics Resources Application Draft a rubricRubrics for College2 3. But first What is a rubric??? Rubric derives from ruber, theLatin word for red In medieval times, legal instructions were written in red and rubric meant something that authoritatively instructed people (Wiggins, p154) A rubric is a scoring tool thatlays out specific expectations foran assignment (Stevens & Levi, p3)Rubrics for College 3 4. Rubrics for College 4 5. Types of rubric Choose from many types This presentation focuses onone type of rubric Easy to mark More objective Based on a grid system Criteria along one axis Numerical scores along other axisRubrics for College5 6. Farahs Teaching Challenge Farah was a new faculty memberteaching two different courses thatchanged each semester Other teachers would say to her,Farah, use a rubric. It will makeyour life easier. But when would she ever find thetime to create the rubric?Rubrics for College 6 7. Farahs Challenge 2 Students asked Miss, wheres therubric? & were upset when there wasno rubric And because no rubric, Farah had tospend extra time explaining theassignment to students And Farah had to spend extra timemarking the assignments And, after handing out the markedassignments, Farah had to spend extratime justifying her assessments.Rubrics for College 7 8. Farahs Challenge 3Farah works hard preparing her courses & wants to explore more online resources, but time is always chasing herShe wishes that she could tap into useful resources more quickly both using and sharing resourcesShe needs an all-in-one rubric resourceFinally, a colleague told her to visit a lens at Squidoo solely devoted to Rubrics for College She said to herself, This is it! I will visit this lens do something for ME finally!Rubrics for College8 9. Objectives What does Farah wantto achieve through use of rubrics? Save grading time Convey effective feedback Promote student learning And. Reduce hassles!!!!! Minimize marking complaints Prepare better assignments Provide more perceived objectivity Give transparency and consistency inmarkingRubrics for College9 10. You need a good rubric! But first, you need a goodassignment! The next slides examinethe design of a goodassignmentRubrics for College 10 11. Sample Assignment Farah turns to her students and says Oh, your final assignment is due in 2 weeks. Write an essay on The Life of a Bat and prepare a 10 minute presentationRubrics for College 11 12. What do you think of thisassignment?Rubrics for College12 13. Prepare an adequate assignment Written Detailed Relevant Content-driven (to be explained )Rubrics for College 13 14. Written & Detailed Why? 2 marks off for presentation? At least 12 Im sure I told font Times New Romanthem all the & 1 inch borders requirements I like, how would I knowthink?! that?!Rubrics for College 14 15. RelevantThis is a nanthropology class just what am Isupposed to say aboutthe life cycle of a bat?Rubrics for College15 16. Content of an assignment C ontext O bjectives N umbers T imelines E xpectations N orms T opographyRubrics for College 16 17. Context How does assignment fit intoCourse? Course name Anthropology 100 Assignment title The Lifecycle of a Bat Summary This assignment willdemonstrate your understandingof Rubrics for College17 18. Objectives of assignment Why do this assignment? Define assignment objectives Refer to course outline objectives Knowledge, Skills, Attitude Rule Whatever is shown as assignmentobjective must have some gradeassigned Whatever has a grade assignedmust be listed as an objectiveRubrics for College18 19. Numbers How many marks is assignment worth? How much of final course mark isrepresented by this assignment? How much is each objective worth? If a student meets expectations, howmuch is this worth? What are mark penalties for non-compliance?Rubrics for College19 20. Timelines When is assignment due? Late penalties? Last date to hand in? Progress report dates?Rubrics for College 20 21. Expectations Identify & articulate instructions Content expectations eg Perform & record an experiment Select and analyze an article Prepare a grant proposal Write a one-act play Process expectations eg Group and/or individual? Use of resources Presentation standards Progress reports?Rubrics for College21 22. Norms Convey level ofexpectation What is the averagetargeted mark? 65%, 70%, 75% Use this mark for themeets expectationlevel of the assessmentRubrics for College 22 23. Topography Assignment should map out the instructions and expectations in a logical & descriptive wayRubrics for College23 24. Assignments Assignments Written, detailed, relevant CONTENT driven A successful rubric begins with a well- drafted assignmentRubrics for College 24 25. Elements of a Rubric E lements of a Rubric Rows Columns Cell descriptions What do each represent?Rubrics for College 25 26. Elements of a RubricThe Awesome OSM ApproachO bjectives Row headings CriteriaS tandards Column headings Levels of achievementM easurement Cell descriptions Achievement differentiation Grade assignmentRubrics for College 26 27. Objectives/Criteria (Rows)Recall assignment objectives Connect each to an assessment criterion Specific, measurable and action-orientedLearning objective assessment criterion Eg Assignment objective requires student toanalyze practical situation Rubric Criterion (row heading) - Application of theory to facts Eg Rubric criterion assesses correct grammar,spelling, organization Assignment objective Student will prepare a written summary demonstrating good grammar, spelling and organizationRubrics for College27 28. Standards (Columns) Determine number of proficiency levels Total of all meets expectation grades shouldproduce approximate average mark Generally, three or four levels work well Highest level (Excellent/ Exceeds expectation/ Expert/ Professional) Next level (Good/ Meets expectation/ Proficient/Adequate) Lower level (Satisfactory/ Needs some improvement/Developing/ Needs works Lowest level (Weak/ Needs much improvement/Novice/ Youre fired!Rubrics for College 28 29. Measurement (Cells) Select measurement tool for each criteria Decide how to measure proficiency for that criteria Quality (How well was the task done?) Eg Did the student connect the theory to the facts? Quantity (How many of the tasks were done?) Eg Were all the instructions followed? Frequency (How often was the task done?) Eg How frequently were grammatical/spelling errorsmade? *Consequence (What is effect of the work done?) Eg Did the presentation hold the attention of the class?Rubrics for College29 30. Extra Farah likes to provide her studentswith lots of comments pointing outto them where additional work isneeded A chart summarizing commonweaknesses is useful She marks applicable points They use as a completion checklist Example appears on Slides 4 & 26Rubrics for College30 31. Special Situation Group Rubrics Concerns? Is each member contributing? Free-loaders? How to apportion marks? Reliable feed-back about groupdynamic? Has there been intimidation? Has each member tackled allaspects?Rubrics for College31 32. Groups - Suggestions Members assign group roles at outsetand monitor Members each submit rough work Peer assessments Compulsory or voluntary Submit process description (who didwhat %) Organization, research, writing,presentation Progress report(s) Written submissions describing groupproblems within a tight timeframeRubrics for College32 33. Resources about Farah asks where she canfind useful resources about Types of rubrics Methods to create rubrics Theory of rubrics SamplesRubrics for College 33 34. Creating & SharingRubric Resources Squidoo Lens (http://www.squidoo.com/TeachCollege2 ) Reduce Hassles, Teach Smarter Rubrics for College Delicious bookmarks (http://delicious.com/srl18/rubrics ) Tagged bookmarks which relate to rubrics RubiStar: (http://rubistar.4teachers.org ) Helps the teacher who wants to use rubrics, but does not have timeto develop them from scratch Provides template rubrics that can be printed and used formany typical projects and research assignments. iRubric (http://www.rcampus.com/indexrubric.cfm ) Site for free development and sharing of rubrics Public gallery, how-to videos and building toolsRubrics for College34 35. Rubric TemplateOK to reduce/increase/ renamestandardsOK to reduce/add more criteriaRubrics for College 35 36. And, one more word Hello Susan,I attended your session last Wednesdayevening. Was it timely! I had just picked up[a major (10-20 page) assignment] to markfrom my class. The first thing I did wasprepare a rubric. It made the whole processmanageable, fair and consistent, and willprovide the necessary feedback to thestudents. I believe that the use of rubricsshould be mandatory not optional...Rubrics for College36 37. Wrap-up Follow The Easy Steps Way tocreate rubrics for college andbetter understand Objectives of rubrics Preparation of assignments Elements of rubrics Resources Application Draft a rubricRubrics for College37 38. About the author TeachCollege (Susan Lieberman) teaches at Humber Instituteof Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Canada As a lawyer and a chartered accountant, I mainly teach businessstudents Introduction to Business Law My passion is Teaching through Multi-media Storytelling - staytuned as soon Ill present slides on that topic I enjoy working with other faculty and helping them to developtheir teaching skills Keep checking for slides on various college teaching topics suchas classroom management and lesson plans I thank my dear family, friends and colleagues for their supportRubrics for College38

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