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Using Rubrics during Assessment

March 6, 2006

A rubric is a scoring tool that divides an assignment or project into performance objectives that provide a detailed description of what should constitute a quality final product. They are used to objectively measure student learning for final assignment/project scoring and grading. Rubrics can be used to grade laboratory assignments, homework problems, research papers, oral/visual presentations, and group projects using pre-determined grading criteria. When presented to students at the introductory stage of an assignment or project, rubrics can help promote self-regulated and independent learning while also making clear the minimal requirements for the final product.

Some examples of Engineering discipline-related rubrics can be found on the College of Engineering websites at San Jose State University and at Auburn University.

There are a number of free tools online to create rubrics that can be published on the web, or copied and pasted into a Word document. Two of the more easy to use tools are the Landmark Projectís Rubric Builder and Rubistar. You can also create your own rubric in Microsoft Word by creating tables and imputing in your pre-determined objectives and grading criterion. The University of Michiganís College of Engineering website lists in more detail the process to creating effective and useful rubrics.

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