It can be frustrating when students don’t appear to be using the provided rubric to be successful in completing assignments. Watch the video below as we discuss how to address this problem in your course.

There are many benefits to using a rubric, some of these include:

  • Provides a clear learning target and guides instructional design and delivery
  • Provide students with a tool for self-assessment and feedback
  • Assists students who may not understand what is expected of them
  • Makes the assessment process more accurate and fair

Setting up your rubric

Identify Criteria

  • Key features or criteria that would demonstrate mastery of the course outcomes.
  • Aim for three to six performance criteria.
  • Examples of the criteria for a speech class could be:
    • Organization, delivery, information presented, verbal and non-verbal cues, eye contact.

Set Levels of Achievement

  • Your rubric should also easily assess the student’s level of achievement.
  • Aim for three to six levels of achievement with grading points or scores for each one.
  • Above average, average, and below-average are three examples of levels of achievement.

Create Performance Descriptions

  • This portion should outline what is expected at each level of achievement.
  • You want to put in enough information to help you and your students, but not so much that it is overwhelming to the students and limiting to you as the instructor.

Put It All Together

6-10 points
Below Average
1-5 points
DeliveryDelivery was good and showed knowledge of the learning outcomes Delivery was poor and did not meet the learning expectations
Eye ContactThe student used a lot of eye contact The student did not use any eye contact

Learn more from Rubrics section of the Canvas Instructor Guide.


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