Workshop on Co-construction of Rubrics
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 The project’s workshop, Owning the Rubric: Facilitating rubric co-construction, has been designed to further disseminate the project’s findings. The materials for the workshop are currently under development and planned for presentation during January through to March 2019 at the following higher education institutions:

  1. Avondale College of Higher Education – Lake Macquarie and Sydney campuses;
  2. University of Technology Sydney; and
  3. Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga campus.

The workshop will also be offered to members of The Higher Education Private Provider Quality Network (HEPP-QN) during their first or second meeting in 2019 (see: The Higher Education Private Provider Quality Network (HEPP-QN).

After the workshops are facilitated, materials used will be modified, based on feedback from the workshop participants. These materials will be made available on the project’s website for use by other members of the higher education sector.

The components of the workshop are outlined in the table below.

Workshop section Mode of delivery Process (Group/ Individual)
Introduction Presentation by OLT team member Whole group
Effective rubric characteristics Brainstorm effective characteristics Partners
Presentation with input from participants Whole group
Sample rubrics Participants evaluate rubrics Partners (from different disciplines)
Feedback from participants on what they discovered Whole group
Consideration of assessment tasks that do not require or suit rubrics Whole group
Co-construction protocols Presentation from OLT team divided into: Preparation for co-construction Limitations & opportunities Overcoming challenges Group dynamics of online and face-to-face co-construction Whole group
Model of collaborative rubric construction and use Presentation from OLT team Whole group
Reflection on own practice and goal setting Guided reflection Individual and then with a partner from the same discipline preferably

During this workshop, the characteristics of effective rubrics will be shared with participants, based on the extensive literature review and consultation with the panel of assessment experts. These characteristics will then be used as the basis to critically analyse a collection of assessment rubrics from varied higher education disciplinary contexts. Based on experiences of lecturers and students who participated in the project, protocols will be presented for how to engage students in the process of co-constructing assessment rubrics with their lecturers. Lastly, a model for collaborative rubric co-construction will be shared with workshop participants who will then be encouraged to reflect on how the model, or aspects of it, could be applied to their own contexts.

The workshop facilitators will include the project leader and 2-3 members of the project team.

By the end of the workshop, it is anticipated that participants will be able to:

  • identify effective rubric characteristics from literature and assessment experts;
  • critically analyse rubric examples using effective rubric characteristics;
  • describe methods used to facilitate teacher-student co-construction of assessment rubrics; and
  • based on an analysis of a model of rubric co-construction, reflect on how some aspects of this model could be applied to your teaching context.

The workshop materials will be available on this site in early 2019.

If you would like to make inquiries about how the workshop could be facilitated at your institution, please contact:

  • Associate Professor Maria Northcote ([email protected]) at Avondale College of Higher Education; or
  • Dr Peter Kilgour ([email protected]) at Avondale College of Higher Education.

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