Here's How – Student Assessment
3. Outline criteria for the evaluation of student work and participation
Communicating expectations for the evaluation of student work and participation is critical for student success.
At the beginning of the course, students should be provided with clear and meaningful, descriptive criteria that will be used for evaluative purposes. For example, rubrics or a list of criteria with associated point values.
As Professor McFarland suggests, rubrics provide students with clear guidance regarding your expectations and required elements of work and participation. They also let students know how marks will be calculated.
For example, things to consider with respect to participation and online discussions might include:
- a required number of postings per week
- criteria for evaluating the originality and quality of students' comments
- criteria for responsiveness to other students' comments
- grades students can expect for varying levels of performance