Developing Evaluation Rubrics

By TILT Staff

How will you assess what students have learned in each topic area? How will you know when students have the information they need to move on to the next topic? How will you assess the integration of knowledge gained from each topic in the course?

All of the components of the course you have developed along the way can be used to help you develop effective assessments and rubrics. Your vision for the course, course goals, and learning outcomes all inform the design of your assessments, and your assignments and activities provide students a way to demonstrate their mastery of the course topics.

When developing a rubric for an assignment, identify a set of criteria that must be met for each assignment. You may come up with a checklist, a set of questions, or some other method of determining how well  your students meet the criteria You will also develop a scale that indicates excellent, satisfactory, and poor performance based on your rubric.

Depending on the type of assignment you have, you may need to develop more than one rubric for evaluation. You will almost always have a rubric for evaluating content, but you may also have additional rubrics for evaluating presentations, writing, and/or team participation elements of your assignment.

Take a look at our Course Design Templates and Tools for some sample rubrics.

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Shaun Beaty – TILT Director of Course Development and Instructional Technology

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