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Workshop: The Power of Rubrics: Assessment as a Guide to Learning

  • 01 Dec 2009
  • 1:00 PM
  • 16 Dec 2009
  • 2:00 PM
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The Power of Rubrics:
Assessment as a Guide to Learning

Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 1-2 pm Eastern

Bonnie Mullinix, TLT Group
with guest presenters
: Steve Ehrmann,  The TLT Group, Danelle Stevens, Portland State University, Nils Peterson, Washington State University (with guests Theron DesRosier, Jayme Jacobsen, Gary Brown), Terrel Rhodes, AAC&U Values Project

The more transparent the learning objectives and expectations, the greater the likelihood that learners will achieve them. Rubrics are assessment tools that are designed to create that transparency and provide guidance that improves learning.

"It's amazing how much better student's work has become since I created and shared the assignment rubric with them.  Now that they know what is expected, they almost always exceed my expectations"

This quote from a faculty member just starting to use rubrics captures their potential for transforming the learning experience for students.  Faculty also find that the time spent creating rubrics pays off in time saved with clearer insights, fewer questions from students, fewer conversations about grades and deeper metacognitive engagement with the learning process.

Whether you would like to explore what a rubric is and how to use it in your own courses, or would like to explore ways to help faculty colleagues integrate these powerful assessment tools into their teaching practice, this Online Institute is designed with you in mind. This three part workshop engages faculty and faculty developers in actively considering the advantages and challenges associated with constructing and using rubrics to facilitate awareness and engagement of students.  Polls, plenary discussions and small group discussions online will enhance the interaction offered in these sessions. We will supply a Flashlight Online 2.0 account, demostrate how these can be used to produce rubrics and point to other, free authoring tools that participants can use to create their own rubrics. We will also share cases from Washington State University and the American Association of Colleges and Universities that highlight creative cases of rubric use to both guide assignments and extend common visions for quality learning in higher education. 

Participants will be invited to share current and anticipated uses of rubrics in their courses/programs and challenge themselves to use these workshop sessions and the intervening weeks as a time to explore and develop rubrics of their own.

This Online Institute will include the following sessions (and associated topical objectives):

Session Title  Key Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:
Session 1:
An Introduction to Rubrics
1.     Identify definitions, advantages and types of rubrics;
2.     Reflect on how rubrics can be used to enhance teaching 
and guide learners in their own courses and programs.

3. Review and consider the use of at least one online tool for developing rubrics (Flashlight Online 2.0)

Session 2:
A Rubric for Rubrics

4.     Co-construct a rubric for rubrics (matrix of characteristics);
5.     Consider and discuss how to develop a quality rubric and 
use it to empower and engage learners;
6.    Share sample rubrics and scoring sheets
7. Glimpse other online resources for rubric development (
Rubric Builder, Rubistar & MERLOT)

Session 3: Cases of Creative Rubric Use

8.  Explore case examples of creative rubric use 
  • WSU Assessment of Assessment Rubric (self study) 
  • AAC&U Value Project Rubrics
9.  Identify plans for rubric development, revision and use and/or how they will help others to develop/use rubrics to enhance their teaching/learning.

An asynchronous discussion forum will be hosted through the TLT Group's Ning community at:  Use this to pose questions and reflections and begin discussions over this 3 week institute and beyond.

Homebase webpage for the workshop:


All of the TLT Group’s online offerings include use of “low threshold” tools, examination of controversial issues, options for participants with a range of experience, and suggestions for assessment as you integrate what you’ve learned into your repertoire.      Participants for this workshop should sign-in 15 minutes early for tech instructions and to meet others in the group; they also have the option of remaining online for a half-hour follow-up discussion immediately after the workshop.

NOTE:  Login instructions for the session will be sent in the Registration Confirmation Email. Please check your Junk folder as sometimes these emails get trapped there. We will also send an additional login reminder 24 hours prior to the start of the event.

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