Objective: Exercise Best Practices in the creation and implementation of rubrics for assessment.
The above objective is for Module 2. I want to discuss a personal experience about why this is important and how I have seen it fail students. Not only did this cause frustration for the students but it causes the instructor and course staff more work.
While running MCIT online Courses at UPenn. I am not an instructor which allows me a unique perspective from the outside. One instructor in particular was very set on the fact that we did not need to outline every thing the students needed to do as they needed to learn to ask the appropriate questions. What this led to over the time duration of the semester was students who failed the first assignment because they did not know how to succeed. Then as the semester went on and this did not get changed the students became grade grubbing individuals. The discussions on the forum quickly became focused on requirements for the auto grader and less about how to code or the understanding of the concepts being taught.
This leads the course and teaching staff to be answering a lot of nitty gritty questions that a well designed rubric would have solved. After the assignments where submitted the problem quickly escalated to individuals wanting regrades and letting us know how unfair it was to hide things and test them on something they didn’t know they needed to include in their submissions.
Not only did this cause disgruntled students and course staff that didn’t want to work or help students who came across as angry all the time. It gave our course and program a poor name. While it was not the best way for me personally to learn that rubrics are important was a valuable lesson that I now know and can help guide faculty to give more precise and accurate rubrics.