No More Excuses: Bring Rubric Based Grading to Your Campus

Andrew McCann from Waypoint Outcomes discussed the importance of rubrics in education.  An argument for rubrics that McCann makes is that they allow for complex, authentic assessments that have clear expectations for students.

Why are rubrics hard?

  • Easier to begin grading than create a rubric
  • Easier to assign quizzes than authentic tasks
  • Delayed payoff for the instructor
  • Rubrics are hard to write
  • Complexity is difficult to translate to software
  • Cost of software and training

Rubrics are crucial because they:

  • Encourage student engagement
  • Combat grade inflation
  • Combat grade debates/complaints
  • Document success/quality
  • Promote consistency from all instructors
  • Can be used for accreditation
  • Are in-line with education’s mission

Drexel University changes resulting from Rubrics:

  • Data informed discussions of outcomes
  • Course sizes reduced
  • More collaboration
  • Used for accreditation

Waypoint2 (2011)

  • Teaching and Learning Edition is Free;  Analytics and Outcome Edition has flexible licensing.
  • Offers reusable content
  • Collaboration and sharing
  • Rubric can be revised and aggregated
  • Sophisticated analytics
  • Rubrics are attached to assignment in Blackboard (visible to student)
  • Uses user interface from Blackboard with a ‘Rubric’ option
  • Comments can be added
  • Rubric levels can be linked to learner outcomes
  • Comments from rubric level are standardized, but they can be personalized for each student
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