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Assessing Student Work w/Rubrics

This workshop guides instructors in the use and development of rubrics for assessing student work, especially written assignments of all sizes and scopes.  Rubrics clarify to students what you want them to do, provide an objective way to consistently assess their work, makes grading easier, and delivers clear feedback to students.

After an overview of the purposes and types of rubrics, participants will collaboratively complete a series of activities surrounding a case example of rubric construction and use. The case example explores how the rubric relates to both course outcomes and assignment objectives, construction of an analytic rubric that reflects these expectations, and the use and evaluation of a rubric to assess an authentic artifact of student work.

For those interested, there will also be guidance on how to use rubrics (Grade Forms) when using the Assignment tool in WebCT Vista.

Participants will leave with a clear understanding, reinforced with hands-on experience, of how rubrics will enhance student achievement, provide objective and easy-to-use assessment measures, and help to minimize the workload associated with assigning and grading student writing.

Facilitator: Tom Root, University Assessment Manager