Submitted by Barbara Reisner / James Madison University on Thu, 06/23/2011 - 10:29

Several IONiC members were meeting at Smith College and the topic of rubrics came up. I'm always looking for better ways to evaluate student work. Scott Williams mentioned that he had rubric for grading posters and Adam Johnson said he had one for grading student theses. I have an oral presentation from (that I'm in the process of revising). I was hoping that people would be willing to share their rubrics so that we have good starting places from which to work.

Please consider by sharing your rubrics, your thoughts on developing them, etc.



At the moment, VIPEr doesn't allow any forum contributors to submit files except for the person who started to forum. Anne Bentley sent me a few of her rubrics to attach to this thread. If you'd like to comment and have your files added to the thread, send me an email at reisneba at jmu dot edu. Please add your initials to the title of the document so that we know who contributed the files.


Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College

Randy Hicks and I developed peer editing and peer evaluation rubrics for our descriptive chemistry inter-institutional writing project here.


Thu, 06/23/2011 - 10:39 Permalink
Anne Bentley / Lewis & Clark College

I have developed rubrics in two courses recently.  One was a poster project in my non-majors environmental chemistry course.  The second was for a paper I asked my small nanomaterials chemistry class to write.  In both cases I shared the rubric with the students ahead of time so that they had a sense of what mattered to me.  During the environmental chemistry poster session, the students each had to (subtly) evaluate two other posters using the same rubric.


I wasn't able to figure out how to upload the two rubrics to this comment, so I am going to try to pass them along to someone with more powers, who can hopefully add them.  It's always good to have a starting point or a model of what someone else has used.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 18:03 Permalink
Barbara Reisner / James Madison University

Anne - you can find the files with the initial post. It turns out that the person who starts a forum has the ability to attach files. Thanks so much for sending these along.

I was also wondering how you assigned total number of points? Did you have criteria for what is 15 points, 10 points, etc.? One of my challenges when grading with rubrics is to make sure that I'm consistent from start to finish. 

I've seen examples of rubrics that describes what constitutes excellent, good, fair, and poor work. I just need to remember where. (One of those cases where I had a good book, but it's been so long since it's disappeared that I forgot the title...)

Sun, 07/10/2011 - 20:43 Permalink
Joanne Stewart / Hope College
I usually go to "Rubistar" for examples of how to write detailed descriptions of my "excellent, good, fair,...." expectations. Rubistar has zillions of example rubrics, and you can use it to build your own rubrics. The URL for Rubistar is
Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:21 Permalink