What is a rubric?
A rubric is a scoring guide and feedback tool that outlines expectations for an assessment. It includes standards and criteria.
Why do rubrics help?
- Set clear expectations for performance
- Speed up marking
- Set objective criteria for performance
- Clearly connect to goals
- Are a tool for learning as well as marking
Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes articulate what we want students to be able to reliably demonstrate by the end of the course. They appear on the course outline. Assessments connect directly to the learning outcomes.
Assessment Goal: A smaller chunk of a learning outcome; be clear with students about what the learning goal of the assessment is, and how it builds toward the course learning outcome(s).
Criteria: The key elements of performance that are being assessed.
Standard: How well the criteria is demonstrated (i.e. strong, medium, weak).
Example: A Rubric for Creating Nachos
Learning Outcome: Create an authentic three-course Mexican meal.
Assessment Goal: Create an appealing nacho dish including cheese, toppings, and sides.
|Criteria||Strong||Medium||Weak (Not Yet)|
|Chips||Crispy, flavourful, and hold toppings well (intact)||Slightly soggy or lacking in flavour, somewhat intact||Soggy, stale, crumbly/broken|
|Cheese||Plentiful, layered throughout, fully melted||Lacking in quantity or distribution, or partially melted||Not enough cheese, not well distributed, and not fully melted|
|Toppings||Creative, plentiful, well distributed, bite-sized||Basic, inappropriate size, or lacking in quantity or distribution||Underwhelming or missing, of inappropriate or inconsistent size|
|Sides||Fresh, plentiful, and varied||Not enough, or stale, or not varied||Not enough, or missing|
|Presentation||Arrives hot, visually appealing||Arrives lukewarm or messy||Arrives cold, or unappealing|