Are you new to teaching? Do you need fresh ideas for grading? Would a sample rubric or grading technique be of help?
Grading can be a tedious and daunting task, and one of the goals of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to provide faculty with practical ways to approach grading that measure course objectives, contribute to student learning, and make efficient use of faculty time.
Rubrics are beneficial to both faculty and students. When creating a good rubric, the process allows faculty to define the most important characteristics of an assignment and the expectations for student work. A simple search online will yield dozens of rubric ideas, which easily becomes overwhelming. Our goal is to provide you with vetted rubric-writing resources, examples, and best practices.
Bettina Tate Pedersen, professor of Literature, created this Rubric Training document that includes instructions on Selecting a Rubric, Editing or Creating a Rubric, and other important tips.
You will find pre-created rubrics in this Canvas-based course link called Rubrics Repository created by PLNU’s Instructional Design team. Once you have “enrolled in” this course, you will be able to browse through already existing rubrics and modify them to suit your course assignment needs.
by Susan M. Brookhart, 2013. ASCD. Link to Chapter 1: “What Are Rubrics And Why Are They Important?”
“How do I know what kind of rubric will work best for my assignment needs?” Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence from Penn State put together this helpful resource on The Basics of Rubrics, just for this purpose.
If you have a rubric that you have used and would like to provide it as an example here, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have our own faculty examples!