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Using Rubrics Across the Curriculum

Using Rubrics Across the Curriculum

Below are examples of rubrics that have been used in a variety of college level courses and programs. Some of them are used to assess broad student learning outcomes, some for activities demonstrating application of skills, some for specific academic assignments, and some for a combination of these purposes.

One of the positive aspects of a rubric is that it can be tailored to the particular activity, performance, or set of behaviors. On the other hand, sometimes it’s difficult to find an existing rubric that perfectly fits your method of assessment. The examples below represent a variety of approaches, but most instructors end up developing their own adapted version or creating their own. The Rubric Template, [link to Blank Rubric Template, existing file, link on Forms & Procedures page] which is a simple Word table, can give you a framework to get started.

This page is still developing, so several of the examples are scanned PDF documents. If you have problems reading any of them, first try zooming in. If you still need a clearer version, please contact Wanda Burzycki, SLO Coordinator, at wburzycki@santarosa.edu, for a hard copy.

Also, in the future, we would like to include more rubrics developed by SRJC instructors. If you have a rubric that has worked well with a course, and if you would be willing to share it on this page, please contact Wanda at the above address.

Examples of Rubrics

Art - Ceramics, SRJC (Word doc)
This rubric was developed to grade individual students’ ceramics projects and to assess the SLO’s relating to students’ independent application of skills as they approach the end of the class.

Group Discussion (PDF)
Many classes emphasize students’ participation in group discussion, and this rubric provides more specific criteria for assessing what this means.

Group Participation (PDF)
While participation in group work is an important part of learning in many classes, it’s often difficult to quantify. This rubric is a model that might be used by an instructor or even by peers to assess students’ involvement in group projects.

Group Presentation/Peer Evaluation (PDF)
This rubric was designed for students to assess their own group’s work as a whole.

Lifelong Learning (PDF)
The Association of American Colleges and Universities developed 15 rubrics to assess student development through their undergraduate experience. This example demonstrates how a rubric can be applied to broad learning, attitudes, and growth.

Math Problem Solving (PDF)
These two rubrics assess the process of problem-solving, going beyond the “correct answer” to assess student learning in math.

Microbiology Lab Notebook (PDF)
Notebooks and porfolios often have so many components that it becomes complicated to grade the student’s performance. This detailed rubric shows the application of a point system to specific criteria in a lab notebook. If the ability to organize and record information from lab work is an SLO, the notebook with the rubric would be a good method of assessment.

Music - Elementary Piano, SRJC (PDF)
This rubric lists specific aspects of a performance and can provide both grading criteria and assessment data for the course.

Oral Presentation (PDF)
Rubrics are commonly used to assess oral presentations. This one presents the ratings in a checklist format for quick assessment and feedback to the student.

PE - Volleyball (PDF)
 [link to PE Volleyball Rubric] Clear descriptors to help both students and instructors identify the aspects of different skill levels.

PE - Health (PDF)
How a course might affect overall student behavior and attitudes is important information for most instructors but is often difficult to quantify. This rubric shows an example of how defining levels and describing observable actions can be used for this kind of assessment.

Writing Rubrics

Basic Skills Writing - CSKLS 313, SRJC (Word Doc)
This rubric was used both as part of the final exam grade and to assess two of the learning outcomes of the course.

Writing - Placement (PDF)
Most writing placement tests that include a student essay use rubrics. This is one example for entering freshmen.