8 November 2013

Running through Rubrics

It's that time of the semester, busy with exams and different forms of assessment. For teachers, this intense period can sometimes become quite stressful - how does one assess that which does not fit into a number?

Students learn so much in classrooms; how does one attribute a number to social skills for example? How does one attribute a mark to leaving a classroom tidy? One approach is to award students badges through a LMS. Edmodo, for example, has a great way to award badges to students, whether it is a badge for a good presentation, team work effort or simply for someone adding that extra bit of sunshine to a lesson. Teachers using Edmodo may use badges which are already shared, or make their own for their own classes and assessments. 

Often, however, teachers need to follow rubrics, whether from their own department or seek guidelines which have been shared online. This post is a short focus on where to find marking rubrics.

Teacher Planet has a wide range of rubrics for different subjects, while teAchnology 
 offers another set of rubrics for teachers to choose from.

A wonderful site for teachers is ReadWriteThink, where, among so many other rich teaching resources (especially great interactive tasks which may also lend themselves for assessments) , one can also find assessment rubrics.

An example is Webbing Tools, which is used for hypertextual thinking and writing. You only need to browse and will certainly find an activity which can be integrated/adapted for assessment. 

For All Rubrics - App for iPad

iRubric - An Assessment and Sharing tool

Credly - Customize Badges

DIY - Share, Earn Badges

Essay Tagger  - Evaluating Writing

Rubrics (Center for Teaching & Learning)

Update - 23.November.2015

Rubrics for Assignments in Online Courses

With thanks to Grainne Conole for sharing and teaching so many on daily basis.


  1. As a world language teacher, grading for participation is something I am constantly thinking about. From a teacher's perspective it first appears easy to seem to know which students are participating and which ones not so much; however, its always a difficult balance to relate how you grade this to students. At a conference this past weekend, I learned about many different techniques that some teachers use. Some use websites designed for such grading, some use a clipboard with tally marks, some are very extravagant systems with symbols for different kinds (or lack of) participation. Every system has its pluses and minuses though. But as I was reading your post, I was thinking about how I could use online tools to test my students in their abilities socially and with participation in the class. It could be a large project to work on, but it could be useful to have badging for participation. Not only are students evaluated in class, but they have to do a certain amount of online work to go along with it. I think this would be a more holistic approach to adequately keeping track of participation, because participation comes in more ways than in just class. (I'm also thinking if someone was using the language in something outside of class, there could be a badge for that.) Thanks for your post and your suggested websites!

  2. Hi Megan,

    Thank you for sharing your experience and thoughts as well as suggesting another way to use badges for assessment! Really love your idea :-)