We have all heard the term “rubric” tossed around, but may not know what it is. Luckily, it’s simple. A rubric is a scoring tool that helps you articulate assignment criteria to your students. It can be as simple as a checklist or as complex as a matrix with many criteria and standards across a continuum.
Using a rubric in forums can be a great way to make grading and student interaction easier and more meaningful.
The benefits of using a rubric:
- Both students and faculty are clear on the expectations for meeting the course requirements, which can improve student performance
- Students who have been evaluated using a rubric are better able to describe what they learned, meaning they are remembering the content!
- Easier and more efficient for an instructor or TA to grade the work
Some ideas for implementing a rubric in your class forum:
- Implement a simple rubric first to see if you like it
- Have students score each other
Contact the Teaching and Learning Center (877-972-5249 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like some more ideas or examples!
Creating and Using Rubrics for Student Assignments. (n.d.). Inquiry Through Blended Learning. Retrieved November 15, 2013, from http://online.wsu.edu/courses/certification/docs/rubrics-for-student-assignments.pdf