Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Rubric to assess an e-project

Assessment is one of the most important aspects of teaching and it is the only way to clarify wheter thing are going well in class or not. We can evaluate children knowledge, skills or competences regarding a specific subject, we can evaluate ourselves as teachers, materials, resources, environment ...etc. There are so many factors that influence education and they must be constantly checked out in order to improve and offer a high quality teaching.

Perhaps, the essential assessment is the one that happens in class and verify if students have learnt and progressed accros the term or year. There are different ways to assess children work and competence. It is said that technically speaking evaluation has to do with a summative assessment as the teacher evaluate the results after the learning process takes place. Meanwhile, the formative assessment focuses on the learning process and the main objective is to provide constant feedback in order to help the students develop their skills and correct any mistakes.

Apart from this, we should talk about rubrics. Rubric are a fantastic a resource hat can be implemented both during or after the learning process. They consist of charts that is divided into different parts, each of them describe a different specific aspect in  which we can grade or give a mark no matter the rest of aspects shown. Then, we can prepare a clear and neat structure to evaluate a worksheet, project or presentation as regards several aspects whic have to with the whole work. We provide students with a more complete assessment and more fair as they see how they did it weel in certain aspects but they might improve in some others.

The goal of this challenge was to create a rubric that can be followed in order to assess my own project. There are several tools which offer attractive and complete rubrics to customize as you wish. QuickRubric for instance, is a awesome tool that allows us to create complex rubrics easily and quickly.

However, I decided to create a CoRubric with Google Drive. A CoRubric is perfect for peer feedback and make students participate on the assessment part. They can chose a partner or it might be already arranged by the teacher, and they evaluate their classmates work by following the rubric aspects.

The steps to create a CoRubric as I did are really clear in this presentation made by Rosa Liarte:

Then, once I followed the steps I created this Rubric:

The rubric is sent to all the students, who in this case were my Master classmates as a experiment to see it works properly. All the students receive a form like this:

Then, once everybody has evaluated at least one partner the teacher check the results and take them into accont for oncoming activities. In this case, I received eight peer fedbacks and the results appeared like this:

At first it could seem a little bit misleading but then it is easy to understand. If one aspect has a mark and the rest aspects do not show anything it means that these next aspects have the same mark. It will change when a new mark appears in any of the aspects, then the process starts again.


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