Creating and Sharing Writing iRubrics

| April 21, 2011
Title
Creating and Sharing Writing iRubrics

Keywords: Rubric, scoring guide, iRubric, expectations, scores, online, gradebook

Authors
Prof. Reima Al-Jarf
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Bio Data
Prof. Al-Jarf has been teaching EFL, ESP and translation at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 23 years. Her areas of interests are: Technology integration in language teaching and teaching methodology and course design. She has 6 books and 120 articles published in refereed journals and has given 210 presentations and conducted 30 workshops in 48 countries. She is an international journal editor and reviewer of translated books, grant and conference proposals, and faculty promotion research. In 2008, she won the Excellence in Teaching Award at the university, college, and department levels.

Abstract
Rubrics are scoring guides, consisting of specific pre-established performance criteria, used in evaluating student work. iRubric is a comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and sharing tool. It shows the major skills and subskills to be mastered, the different mastery levels, and marks allocated to each level. Rubrics can be collaboratively assessed with colleagues, classes and other individuals. Students and colleagues can be engaged in building classroom activities, assessing ePortfolios, or may use the powerful collaborative assessment tools as surveys and evaluation mechanisms. iRubrics also empower schools with an easy-to-use system for monitoring student learning outcomes and aligning with standards, show level of performance, serve as a guide for beginning instructors & students, show what is expected from students, save grading time and student get a copy of the scored rubric securely. Rubric scores are automatically adjusted to the coursework grading scale and posted on the gradebook in an online course. This article shows how rubrics can be created for writing courses in English as a foreign language by teachers and students using the iRubric tool of Rcampus. Sample writing iRubrics are used for illustration.
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Category: Teaching Articles, Volume 51