Workshop: Reflecting on Your Rubrics


On Thursday December 11, from 1-2 p.m., in SS 1339, the Faculty of Arts Teaching + Learning Committee will host a workshop on Rubrics, presented by Kim Koh (Werklund School of Education) and Michael Adorjan (Sociology, Faculty of Arts).

This workshop will engage you in a lively conversation on the purposes, benefits, and challenges of using effective assessment rubrics in your own courses. You’ll look at some exemplary rubrics which have been used in higher education, and then draft and/or modify your own.

Please read this article in advance.  In addition, review the sample rubrics here and here, with examples of more customized criteria for theory and content here and here.

Given the workshops’ practical goals, you are highly encouraged to bring along a rubric that you have developed and used in your teaching. We’ll use a meta-rubric to facilitate your reflection on the quality of your rubric. The criteria in the meta-rubric will include alignment, content, clarity, usability, and technical quality. Your reflection will enable you to set clear goals in terms of how to improve the quality of your rubric to enhance both your students’ learning and your own grading.

Time will be given for working on existing or new rubrics. Toward the end of the workshop, a demonstration of how to use rubrics in D2L will also be shared with you.

If you are interested in this workshop you may also wish to check out “Developing High Quality Scoring Rubrics to Enrich Student Learning” presented by Kim Koh, on Wednesday, November 26 from 12:00-1:30pm. Click here for more information.

  • These are cross-disciplinary workshops that will directly affect your course designs and delivery. Each one have an immediate and concrete impact on your teaching in every department and discipline in the Faculty of Arts.
  • Registration is required. Most will have pre-workshop questions or even exercises for registrants to complete or consider before attending.
  • Materials and resources will be available — normally here on this website — for those who want to follow up with them, and for those unable to attend.
  • A new feature for 2014-15 is formal recognition of those who attend three or more workshops in an academic year, or who present in any workshop. A letter from the Faculty of Arts will testify to your professional development in merit, promotion and tenure applications.
  • For more information, leave a comment below or e-mail Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching + Learning).

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