Teaching TALKS at EOU:
Today’s Academics Linking Knowledge and Skills
Volume 2 – Issue I – October 2013
Techbits with James Long
Did you know that Blackboard has a rubric feature that allows you to build custom rubrics and apply them to online assignments, graded journals, and discussion boards? The quickest way to build a custom rubric is by accessing your course, clicking on Course tools in the Course Management area, and then Rubrics.
When grading assignments, you can simply click the student’s earned proficiency level and offer feedback as necessary. Be aware, though, that rubric grading is invisible to students by default and must be turned on before they can see it.
Additionally, rubrics you create can be moved into other courses by exporting and then importing them into whichever course(s) you choose. If you would like to discuss Blackboard rubrics more thoroughly, I’d invite you to make an appointment with me (email@example.com) during my office hours or simply drop by the 3rd floor of the Pierce Library between 3:00 and 4:30 on Tuesdays when I’ll be available for informal faculty consultations.
Teaching and Learning Materials Now on Reserve in Pierce Library
Pierce Library is partnering with the Center for Teaching and Learning to make a number of teaching, learning, and assessment resources available on the CTLA reserve shelf for faculty check-out.
Coming soon on the CTLA reserve shelf is a print copy of AAC&U’s new publication on the VALUE Rubrics:
Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment
By Terrel L. Rhodes and Ashley Finley
This publication addresses key elements of, and questions frequently raised about, the development and use of a set of rubrics for assessment of student learning developed as part of AAC&U’s LEAP project, VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education. It provides information about rubric-based assessment approaches—including validity, reliability, and rubric modification—and faculty training in the use of rubrics. Specific examples of how campuses are using the VALUE rubrics to improve student learning are also provided. Full case studies from twelve campuses are available online at www.aacu.org/value/casestudies.
Also available for purchase in eBook Version (PDF).
Read an excerpt of this publication online.