Rubrics and assessments

The goal in using rubrics and assessments is to help you improve. That's why I don't grade your work and return it to you. Instead, I annotate it, we talk about it, and then you improve it. Therefore, you can expect to revise your work at least once. Doing so is fairly standard in this class.

Three elements of assessment
There are three elements of assessment:

1. Did you meet the objectives of the assignment?
2. Did you include in your posting all of the elements of a successful portfolio posting?
3. Was your writing clear, well-organized and professional?

Each is addressed in turn.

1. Did you meet the objective of the assignment?

This is fairly straightforward. The assignments and outcomes are clearly described.

2. Did you create a professional ePortfolio posting?

Elements of a clear and professional ePortfolio appear below. This was adapted from "E-Portfolio Evaluation Criteria," proposed by Penn State (Penn State, 2006 


Operational (e-Portfolio functions well). Indicators:

·       navigation is clear and consistent

·       all links work

·       media displays as intended

·       all programming is appropriate (not too limited or too flashy)

·       spelling and grammar are correct

·       published materials respect copyright laws

Appearance (e-Portfolio looks well). Indicators:

·       appearance and navigation are clear and consistent

·       images are optimized for the web

·       text is readable (fonts, sizes, and contrast)

Evidence. Indicators:

·       all elements of the assignment have been addressed

·       organizational scheme connects all work associated with the assignment into an integrated whole

·       shows depth and breadth of understanding related to the assignment

Reflection. Indicators:

·      writes with a sense of audience and purpose 

·      reflects on assignment and personal learning achieved through the assignment

·      reflects on how what has been learned can be adapted/applied to his or her professional practice

3. Was your writing clear, well-organized and professional?

I am a stickler for clear, crisp English. You should be too. Remember: This is your ePortfolio that the world may read. If potential employers see unprofessional writing, they will disengage. Generally, I look at your writing holistically. But here are four traits to pay attention to:
  1. Grammar - grammar and expression are free of "bumps" and conform to standard English. 
  2. Organization - you establish your thesis, and then develop it clearly and logically.
  3. Voice - you establish a clear sense of voice in which your perspective is clearly heard.
  4. Spelling, punctuation - self-explanatory.
If you want more information about the specifics about grading, go to evaluation and grading.