DISCUSSION ASSESSMENT RUBRIC

The design team would love to be able express your scores in terms of “improvement” and “growth,” but the reality for us, just as it is currently for many of you, is that we must assign a letter grade to your work.  Letter grades of A, B, C, or D will be assigned.  The quality of your work will guide your grade assignment.

Category 5

The quality of the student's
discussion entry,
is exceptional


  • Discussion responses demonstrate an in-depth, insightful understanding of course specific topics and the role of course related topics as a means to improve learning.
  • The entry includes relevant author quotes (that are applicable to the discussion topic) beyond assigned readings.
  • Appropriate vocabulary choices are made when writing about and discussing course specific topics.
  • Self-reflections lead the reader to a better understanding of student growth and improvement.

Category 4

The quality of the student's
discussion response
is commendable but
not exceptional


 
  • Discussion response is complete, and offers cogent commentary on student's own work and the work of others.

  • The vocabulary associated with course specific topics and information gleaned from reading assignments are used when writing about or discussing course specific topics.

  • Self-reflection reveals an indication of student growth and improvement.

 

Category 3

The quality of the student's
response is acceptable

The response incorporates features
from Category 2 and from Category 4.

Category 2

The quality of the student's
response demonstrates a
lack of understanding
of the subject at hand


  • The written work does not present a compelling case that the student understands the basic concepts associated with the discussion prompt.
  • Vocabulary associated with course specific topics and information gleaned from readings are seldom used when writing about or discussing course specific topics.
  • Self-reflection is not present in the writing.

Category 1

The quality of student's
responses is below
expectations for graduate
level course work


  • Assignments incomplete or not submitted on time
  • Course specific topics, as a concept, not integrated into student's intellectual understanding.
  • Little evidence of student growth.

Category 0

Nothing submitted or not
responsive to discussion prompt.