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Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning.

Research shows that rubrics save professors’ time while conveying meaningful and timely feedback for students, and promoting self-regulated and independent learning. The reason rubrics are little used in higher education is that few faculty members have been exposed to their use.

"This wonderfully compact introduction to rubrics will serve higher education teachers well [and] when departments or groups of faculty use rubrics as described in this book, they will indeed achieve the ‘academic currency’ sought today in higher education."
-- Amy Driscoll, director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment CSU, Monterey Bay.

At its most basic a rubric is a scoring tool that divides an assignment into its component parts and objectives, and provides a detailed description of what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable levels of performance for each part.

Rubrics can be used to grade any assignment or task: research papers, book reviews, participation in discussions, laboratory work, portfolios, oral presentations, group work, and more.

This book defines what rubrics are, and how to construct and use them. It provides a complete introduction for anyone starting out to integrate rubrics in their teaching.

Here are some reviews of our book...

Owens, K. R. (2006). Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 30(1).

Mubashshir Majeeed, D. (2007). Teaching Theology and Religion,10 (2).

Dannelle Stevens and Antonia Levi, both of Portland State University, then go on to describe a variety of processes to construct rubrics, including some which involve student participation. They demonstrate how interactive rubrics -- a process involving assessors and the assessed in defining the criteria for an assignment or objective -- can be effective, not only in involving students more actively in their learning, but in establishing consistent standards of assessment at the program, department and campus level.

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