A rubric is a system of grading that consists of a criteria chart outlining exactly what is to be evaluated in a piece of work. A rubric is often used in the evaluation of actions, procedures, performances, or complex projects and assignments.
Minimize Student Complaints
Provide students with clear grading policies, procedures, and standards in the syllabus and other prominent areas where you communicate with students.
Communicate expectations of criteria and apply strategies like using rubrics to keep grading consistent.
Provide the Rubric Ahead of Time
Give your students a chance to self-evaluate before turning in an assignment by providing the grading rubric along with assignment instructions. Often times, this will result in higher quality work.
- Teaching Commons (University of DePaul): Create and Evaluate Rubrics
- Center for Instructional Technology and Training (University of Florida): Creating High Quality Rubrics
- Sample Research Paper Rubric: Sample Rubrics (.pdf)
- Center for Instructional Technology and Training (University of Florida): Using Rubrics and Feedback to Improve Student Performance
- Sweetland Center for Writing (University of Michigan): Designing and Using Rubrics (.pdf)
- Timothy S. Brophy, Ph.D. Professor, and Director (Office of Provost, University of Florida): Writing Effective Rubrics (.pdf)
- Mha Bali (Teaching in Higher Ed, 2016): Collaboration (40:46)
- Undergraduate Catalogue (University of Florida): UF Grades and Grading Policies