Presenter: Dr Angela Finch, School of Medical Sciences
The literature surrounding the use of rubrics suggests that they provide several advantages over other styles of marking including improved inter-marker reliability, the provision of prompt feedback and clearer communication between students and staff as to the expectations for a given assessment task.
The Honours course offered by the School of Medical Sciences currently has 48 students, 43 supervisors and 70 examiners. With the growth of this course came the need to develop tools that allowed the implementation of standards based assessment, that could be easily understood and used by academic and non-academic examiners and that also provided a guide to the required standards for the students and supervisors.
This seminar will present the rubrics developed for the assessment tasks undertaken by the Honours students as well as a general discussion on the advantages to students and staff provided by the use of rubrics across undergraduate courses. As improved inter-marker reliability is one of the reported advantages of the use of rubrics, a comparison of inter-examiner variability prior to and after the introduction of rubrics in the Honours course in 2009 will also be presented.
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