Rubrics for Assessing Learning

Simply put, a rubric is an explanation of what a learner must do in order to score at a certain level on an assessment. One way to think about rubrics is that they objectivize subjective assessments. In other words, they provide a clear standard for grading, even for an assessment that doesn't have a single right answer.

Here is an example of a rubric for an assignment that asks students to come up with a behaviorist solution to a learning challenge:

Unsatisfactory (C)
Satisfactory (B)
Excellent (A)
Preparation I quickly browsed a few of the links that were provided. I explored several of the links and read one thoroughly. I explored all of the links in depth to be sure I understood and could apply the theories being presented.
Solution I proposed a solution based on common sense without really applying the principles of operant conditioning. I considered the principles of operant conditioning, but was unable to propose a solution based on those theories. I carefully applied the principles of the operant conditioning to propose a thoughtful, creative solution.

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