ERIC Number: EJ1040182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
The Development of a Discussion Rubric for Online Courses: Standardizing Expectations of Graduate Students in Online Scholarly Discussions
Wyss, Vanessa L.; Freedman, Debra; Siebert, Cathy J.
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v58 n2 p99-107 Mar 2014
This paper reports on the design and evaluation of a rubric for assessing discussions in online graduate level education courses. The aims of the research were twofold. The first goal was to develop a discussion rubric that provides guidance to graduate students participating in online courses that are heavily discussion based. The second goal was to evaluate the efficacy of the rubric in student comfort with the expectations for the course and the quality of the discussions. Qualitative and quantitative course evaluations from four sections of an online graduate course are utilized to report on the effectiveness of the rubric upon implementation. Student average grades also show a statistically significant increase with the implementation of the rubric.
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Online Courses, Graduate Study, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Grades (Scholastic), Evaluation Methods, Program Effectiveness, Expectation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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