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Rubrics & Other Tools


Rubrics are tools some faculty use to help clarify and communicate their expectations for assignments to students, give students feedback on their performance, and make the grading process more consistent and fair. The links below will take you to various rubric resources.

Rubric Guides. What is a rubric? What are the uses of rubrics in higher education? How do I create rubrics?

University of Hawai'i at Manoa -- A guide to creating and using rubrics for assessment and grading. Also includes sample rubrics.

University of Minnesota -- How to design rubrics and a rubric bank.

Rubric Banks. Find examples of rubrics that you can adopt or adapt to your needs.

AAC&U VALUE Rubrics -- Developed by the AAC&U for general education knowledge and skills, including: critical thinking, written communication, oral communication, and much more.

AALHE -- Formerly the Winona State Rubric Bank, this bank includes a variety of examples across disciplines for just about anything you can think of.

Portland State University -- Includes some rubrics by discipline, general education skills, personal and social responsibility and integrative learning.

University of Alabama -- Mostly for general skills, some for the fine arts & graduate-level programs. Divided into rubrics being used by UofA faculty and those developed at other institutions.

Opened Practices -- "A community of practice for teaching and learning with open/community-source tools."

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

CATs are tools teachers can use throughout the course to elicit information about their students' learning and experience in the course. Click on the links below to access CAT resources.

Iowa State University's page on CATs.

A CAT guide from George Washington University.

An article on CATs in the National Teaching and Learning Forum.

One-minute paper example from Emory University.

Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers by Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross is another great resource. Search for it in the Shoen Library catalog.


ePortfolios are tools that can be used to enhance student learning and conduct student learning assessment. In the 2011-12 academic year, Sione Aeschliman and Vicki Suter co-led an inclusive, campus-wide initiative to find out more about the pedagogical and administrative needs ePortfolios might serve at Marylhurst.

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