Evaluating student performance in forums with a rubric

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 tlc@ohsu.edu) 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

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