A rubric is an assessment tool that lists evaluation criteria (rows) and achievement levels (columns). These correspond to point values on a per-assignment and per-student basis. Once created, the rubric tool provides an easy-to-use interface, allowing faculty to point and click on cells. The calculations are done by the rubric and the resulting grade (and specific rubric) are stored in the Grade Center for the student to review.
Faculty members have used simple rubrics to quickly evaluate student participation in discussion boards and more detailed rubrics for papers, projects, and exams. A rubric provides a means to convey to students the expectations of quality for assignments and can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements. It provides a sort of “work agreement” that can be used later to explain the reasoning behind a grade.
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