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ERIC Number: EJ1135740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Awareness and Use of Rubrics in Online Classes
Haught, Patricia A.; Ahern, Terence C.; Ruberg, Laurie F.
Higher Education Studies, v7 n1 p69-77 2017
The design, development and deployment of online instruction has become standard practice. The focus of the study was on student perceptions of course rubrics and not on the rubrics, themselves, or the instructors. In order to improve student engagement online we conducted an exploratory study of the awareness and perceptions of course rubrics. Fifty graduate students completed an online survey at the end of the semester about their awareness and perceptions of course rubrics. All students reported that they were aware that course rubrics existed. They indicated that they had learned about this information through the course syllabus, professor announcements via email and posts to LMS. Most students reported reviewing rubrics prior to submitting an assignment. One of the key findings from this study was that "students see rubrics" as a mechanism for scaffolding their performance, and thus, instructors need to focus more effort on designing rubrics to accomplish more than student assessment.
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Online Courses, Graduate Students, Online Surveys, Student Surveys, Course Descriptions, Student Attitudes, College Faculty, Management Systems, Teacher Student Relationship, Electronic Mail, Assignments, Distance Education, Learner Engagement
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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