History of Rubrics
- Wikipedia: http://elearning.uaf.edu/go/wp-rubrics
- The Rubric Debate: http://elearning.uaf.edu/go/rubric-debate
- Analytical Writing Rubric: http://elearning.uaf.edu/go/analytical-writing-rubric
- Developmental Rubric: http://elearning.uaf.edu/go/dev-rubric
- Many more at: http://elearning.uaf.edu/go/rubric-examples
- A rubric for rubrics: http://elearning.uaf.edu/go/rubric-for-rubrics
The Paradox of Rubrics
- Paper: “An Assessment of Reliability and Validity of a Rubric for Grading APA-Style Introductions”
- Paper: “Writing to the Rubric: Lingering Effects of Traditional Standardized Testing on Direct Writing Assessment”
Generative and Creative Rubrics
- Target Rubric: http://elearning.uaf.edu/go/target-rubric
- Three Value Rubric: Not submitted or completed / Completed / Surprise Me
Creating Better Rubrics
- Consider if the students need the rubric, even if you do.
- Consider where to use a rubric: focus on iteration and refinement, the rubric as a tool for formative assessment and revision.
- Avoid overly complex rating scales in which the difference from value to value is of little practical meaning.
- Blank spots are OK, particularly if there are more than three values and on relatively objective criteria.
- Allow for the unknown and surprise; provide for holistic evaluation.
- Lose (most of the) rubrics. Use them like a strong spice: where it makes the most sense in your overall approach and where the objective evaluation of tasks and attributes makes the most sense (usually in the formative stage).
- Always keep in mind: performance is not the same as learning; there is often value in cognitive friction and dissonance.
- Saving time, which is most often an underlying motivator for “rubricizing,” is good for teachers, not necessarily good for teachING.
- Teaching Tip – Blackboard Rubrics: http://elearning.uaf.edu/go/tt-blackboardrubric
- Blackboard.com Help – Rubrics: http://elearning.uaf.edu/go/bb-official-rubrics