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Rubrics can help clarify an assignment's goals and greatly reduce the time spent grading and responding to student work. Some faculty suggest that handing out the rubric beforehand also improves the quality of that work. Rubrics sometimes take the form of a grid: the rows list the criteria the instructor will use to assess performance in class and the columns articulate levels of performance (usually expressed as a number) for each criterion.
General Information and Sample Rubrics
- Rubrics from the Office for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment:
- Rubric Types: Analytic and Holistic breaks rubrics down into their two main categories.
- Creating a Rubric outlines the steps for creating both analytic and holistic rubrics.
- Modifying Existing Rubrics/Rubric Banks offers existing rubrics that you can adapt for your own purposes.
- Evaluating Rubrics poses questions to consider when assessing rubrics.
- Understanding Rubrics from Harvard provides an in-depth discussion of the "why" and "how" of using rubrics.
- Creating a Rubric is a tutorial from the University of Colorado that walks teachers through the process of creating rubrics in an interactive and sequential way.
- RubiStar is an interactive tool that will generate rubrics for you according to information you input.
- Sample Rubrics from Winona State University provide examples of hundreds of different rubrics for various projects.
Sample Rubrics for Assessing Specific Skills or Areas
- Find and adapt sample rubrics at the Faculty Resources section of the University Center for Writing-based Learning.
- For help developing rubrics for course assignments, contact Matthew Pearson, Faculty Development Program Director in the University Center for Writing-based Learning.
- This holistic critical thinking scoring rubric from California Academic Press deals with the evaluating of critical thinking skills.
- Six examples of online discussion rubrics from Middle Tennessee State University illustrate how online discussions can be evaluated in contexts like D2L.
- A collaboration rubric from San Diego State offers a simple, easy-to-use analytic rubric for group work/collaboration.
- Evaluate students' blog entries with this rubric from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.
- This class participation rubric from SIU-Edwardsville isolates the individual elements of student engagement.