Developing and Using Rubrics to Teach and To Assess Student Learning: What, Why and How

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 1:45pm to 4:00pm
MSU Union, Lake Huron Room


Julie Lindquist, Professor, Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures, MSU

Bump Halbritter, Associate Professor, Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures, MSU

This program provides an introduction to the development and use of rubrics to teach and to assess student learning.  When well designed and implemented, rubrics are considered a best practice in assessment.   In its most basic form, a rubric is a scoring tool that identifies the expectations for an assignment or learning outcome.  Rubrics divide the assignment or learning outcome into its component parts and provide indicators for what constitutes levels of performance for each of the key dimensions.  The rubric can be used to clarify the dimensions and expectations for student learning as well as to assess student learning for formative and/or summative purposes.  This session will explore what rubrics are, why they promote learning and effective assessment, and how to use and/or develop them for course and program-level assessment.  The facilitators for this workshop are Julie Lindquist and Bump Halbritter, the former and current Director respectively of Tier I Writing at MSU, who developed the rubrics used in Tier I Writing courses.  In this interactive session, participants will receive several templates and examples of rubrics and have an opportunity to begin developing their own rubrics for instruction.

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