Assessing Forums with Rubrics Handout

Assessing Forums with Rubrics Handout



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Examples of Rubrics for Assessing Online Forum Posts
Example 1:
You could post the following statement in your syllabus, forum header, individual forum prompt or all
three:
Your forum post will be evaluated according to the following scale:
Each week, forums are scored on a 0-3 scale.
0 = no, late or inadequate posting
1 = accurate posting
2 = accurate posting AND meaningful return comments to your classmates
3 = accurate posting with meaningful comments AND exceptional insight into the issue

Example 2:
Here is a simple rubric to use to encourage timely, responsive, informed forum posts.

Weekly Online Discussions Rubric
Criteria

Excellent
9 - 10 Points

Good
8 Points

Average
6 - 7 Points

Poor
5 or less Points

Timely discussion
contributions

3-6 posting
4-6 postings
5-6 postings well
somewhat
distributed
distributed
throughout the week throughout the week distributed

2-6 postings not
distributed throughout the week

Responsiveness to
discussion and demonstration of
knowledge gained
from assigned
reading

Very clear that readings were understood and
incorporated well
into responses

Readings were
understood and
incorporated into
responses

Postings have
questionable
relationship to
reading material

Not evident that
readings were
understood and/or
not incorporated into
discussion

Adherence to online protocols

All on-line protocols
followed

1 online protocol not
adhered to

2-3 online
protocols not adhered to

4 or more online
protocols not
adhered to

From: http://mason.gmu.edu/~ndabbagh/wblg/online-protocol.html

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Example 3:
You can use the following form to assess the student or you could also have the student complete
a self-assessment.
Name: __________________________________________________________________________
Asynchronous discussion enhances learning as you share your ideas, perspectives, and experiences with the
class. You develop and refine your thoughts through the writing process, plus broaden your classmates’
understanding of the course content. Use the following feedback to improve the quality of your discussion
contributions.
CRITERIA

Unacceptable
0 Points

Acceptable
1 Point

Good
2 Points

Excellent
3 Points

Participates not at all.

Participates 1-2 times on
the same day.

Participates 3-4 times
but postings not distributed throughout week.

Participates 4-5 times
throughout the week.

Posts no assignment.

Posts adequate assignment with superficial
thought and
preparation; doesn’t
address all aspects of
the task.

Posts well developed
assignment that
addresses all aspects of
the task; lacks full development of concepts.

Posts well developed
assignment that fully
addresses and
develops all aspects of
the task.

Posts no follow-up
responses to others.

Posts shallow
contribution to
discussion (e.g., agrees
or disagrees); does not
enrich discussion.

Elaborates on an existing posting with further
comment or observation.

Demonstrates analysis
of others’ posts; extends
meaningful discussion
by building on previous
posts.

Posts information that
is off-topic, incorrect, or
irrelevant to discussion.

Repeats but does not
add substantive information to the discussion.

Posts information that is
factually correct; lacks
full development of
concept or thought.

Posts factually
correct, reflective and
substantive contribution;
advances discussion.

Includes no references
or supporting
experience.

Uses personal
experience, but no references to readings or
research.

Incorporates some references from literature
and personal
experience.

Uses references to
literature, readings, or
personal experience to
support comments.

Posts long,
unorganized or rude
content that may contain
multiple errors or may
be inappropriate.

Communicates in
friendly, courteous and
helpful manner with
some errors in clarity or
mechanics.

Contributes valuable
information to
discussion with minor
clarity or mechanics
errors.

Contributes to
discussion with clear,
concise comments
formatted in an easy to
read style that is free of
grammatical or spelling
errors.

Frequency

Initial
Assignment
Posting

Follow-Up
Postings
Content
Contribution

References &
Support

Clarity &
Mechanics

From: http://www.udel.edu/janet/MARC2006/rubric.html

Examples of postings that demonstrate higher levels of thinking:

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“Some common themes I see between your experiences and our textbook are….” (Analysis)
“These newer trends are significant if we consider the relationship between ….” (Synthesis)
“The body of literature should be assessed by these standards ….” (Evaluation)