OLT Innovation and Development Grant - Rubrics

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Owning the rubric: Student engagement in rubric design, use and moderation

Details of Project or Exemplar

Project title: Owning the rubric: Student engagement in rubric design, use and moderation

Partner/Funding Body: Innovation and Development Grant of $202,000 from the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), now managed by the Department of Education and Training

Avondale Researchers: Tony Williams (Avondale - Lead), Maria Northcote (Avondale), Peter Kilgour (Avondale), Bev Christian (Avondale), Carolyn Rickett (Avondale), Wendy Jackson (Theology), Jason Morton (Science), Andrew Kilgour (CSU), Sue Joseph (UTS), Jack Seddon (Avondale – Project Manager)

Year Complete: 2018

Project information: The aim of this project is to investigate the innovative and collaborative use of assessment rubrics, in partnership between students and academic staff, in order to develop a model of collaborative rubric practice that can be applied across disciplines.

This grant seeks to unpack the current use of rubrics in tertiary assessment, research the design of rubrics in collaboration with students, and disseminate ideas and recommendations. Our aims are to develop:

  • a model of collaborative rubric practice (including design, use and moderation of rubrics)
  • cross disciplinary case studies of collaborative rubric practice
  • practical, research-informed recommendations for how to engage students in the collaborative process of designing, using and moderating assessment rubrics.

Impact or Dissemination

We have submitted the following refereed conference paper. It is currently under review:

UNDER REVIEW, SUBMITTED IN FEB 2017: Refereed conference paper:

Williams, A., Northcote, M., Morton, J. K., & Seddon, J. (full paper submitted Feb 2017). Towards engaging students in curriculum transformation: What are the effective characteristics of rubrics? Paper to be presented at the HERDSA Conference 2017, Sydney.

We are aiming to submit a further 4 publications for this project.

The published paper below is not connected to the grant but illustrates an ongoing interest in rubric construction and application. Bev Christian and Peter Kilgour have constructed professional development placement rubrics that have aided school-based student mentors to guide and assess students. This has been done in conjunction with Sydney University and Charles Sturt University medical imaging department.

Kilgour, A.J., Kilgour, P.W., Gerzina, T. & Christian, B. (2014). Assessment of work integrated learning: comparison of the usage of a grading rubric by supervising radiographers and teachers. Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences. 61(1), 22-29 (112 downloads)

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