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December 22, 2011

Rubrics as Learning Guides

“It is amazing how much better my students’ work has become as my expectations and guidelines become clearer.” – A faculty member reflecting on the use of assessment rubrics

I know that feeling. When no one is clear on what’s expected, everyone worries about the grade (the only indicator). When the assessment process is clearly articulated, learners are able to focus on the learning and the experience, and usually surpass my expectations. Over the years, as I have harmonized my course designs, linking objectives and outcomes with specific projects and reflecting these in guidelines, descriptions and assessment rubrics, I have felt the focus of my courses change. By using rubrics and scoring sheets to make the assessment process more transparent, the focus shifts from test-taking and grade anxiety towards learning, effort and excellence.

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