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Rubrics:

From Creation to Use in


Learn@UW
John Thomson
DoIT Academic Technology, jcthomsonjr@doit.wisc.edu
Beth Fahlberg
School of Nursing, fahlberg@wisc.edu

Introduction to
rubrics
1.Examples, benefits, drawbacks
2.Electronic rubrics in D2L (Learn@UW)
3.Experiences in a teaching team
4.Group work
5.Quick demonstration

What is a
rubric?

Traditional rubric used in


grading

Benefits of using
rubrics

Facilitates feedback

Promotes grading consistency

Provides direction for students before and after an assignment

Drawbacks of traditional*
rubrics
* Paper or document file rubric

Cumbersome & inefficient

Process of grading using doc file rubrics


1. Open/ find student assignment
2. Open correct rubric file
3. Remember to save the rubric as a new file with the student's
name in a place you can find it later
4. Grade assignment & enter feedback
5. Add up points
6. Enter grade in online gradebook
7. Upload correct file for correct student and assignment

Drawbacks of traditional*
rubrics
* Paper or document file rubric

Challenging to use information for assessment


of learning outcomes

Possibility of error at several points

Paper
Rubrics
Such Fun!

http://magazine.uchicago.edu/0106/features/

WHAT
IF???
Rubrics could be efficient as well as effective?

Rubrics in
Learn@UW

Learn@UW Rubric- graded


assignment

Learn@UW Rubric
performance feedback

Grades & feedback easily edited &


transferred from rubric to gradebook

Benefits of Learn@UW
Rubrics

Saves time!!

Reduces error

Promotes effective communication

Ease of access & revision

Faculty-student
o Faculty-faculty
o

Experiences of teaching
team
Barb King
Paul Larson
Fanglin Kuo

Rubrics were efficient for grading papers


Promoted consistency and communication
between graders

Nursing 433 Fall 2012

Clinical assessment
rubric

Document converted to online format, piloted with one


group at two points in time
Challenges:
Making criteria specific enough
Differentiating between each level

Additional challenges with graded rubrics


Ensuring assigned points are internally consistent
with expectations and syllabus

Nursing 319, Spring 2013

Experiences using L@UW rubric


for clinical performance evaluation

At clinical site
Reading weekly journals
Better & more frequent feedback for students
Streamlined evaluation process
Observations of performance and learning easily entered:

Rubric development in
Learn@UW
1.Plan
2.Draft in D2L
3.Publish to grade student work

Rubric development in
Learn@UW
Lingo:
Analytic vs Holistic
Criteria & Levels
Range

Best used in:


Dropbox
Gradebook

Be sure to distinguish
between different criteria

Group work: creating a


rubric
Find a partner!

Using one of the example assignments, or one of


your own, draft a rubric.
Use the VALUE rubric as an example of good level
definitions.
Be ready to trade your rubric with another pair.

Resource
s
VALUE rubrics from AACU - institutional rubrics for essential learning
outcomes
http://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics/
iRubric - example rubrics from a number of disciplines
http://www.rcampus.com/indexrubric.cfm
Rubrics orientation in Desire2Learn (Learn@UW)
https://kb.wisc.edu/27857
Creating & Editing a Rubric
https://kb.wisc.edu/27621

Thanks!

Q&A