Developing Rubrics

Developing Rubrics

Academic leadership for student attainment, satisfaction, and confidence in grading

This online workshop supports your academic leadership in support of enhanced transparency in assessment by developing rubrics across a programme and institution.

A rubric is a framework used by tutors and students in the process of assessing student work. A rubric includes three key features: evaluative criteria; quality definitions for those criteria at different grades, and an agreed approach to scoring.

A rubric supports assessment transparency and uses clear and concise language, but it is insufficient without accompanying critical engagement and debate by tutors and students with exemplars of student work.

The workshop includes practical development of rubrics because this provides skills and critical insight into the complex nature of academic standards and assessments and the possible design and application flaws when using rubrics.

The development of rubrics, which are generally popular with students and tutors, is positioned within the wider issues of focusing quality assurance efforts more clearly on academic standards, rather than merely on the processes of assessment.

In completing this workshop, you will be able to demonstrate


Critical understanding and application of four key ideas to the development of rubrics: academic standards, constructive alignment; transparency; and evaluative judgment


In-depth understanding and skills through practical work on creating rubrics, including for your own course


The different designs and purposes for rubrics, including technical design decisions and their advantages and disadvantages


Critical understanding of the underpinning research evidence, including the strengths of using rubrics, as well as potential unintended consequences


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