New Rubrics & Outcomes Coming to WebStudy

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RUBRICS

To access a full webinar about Rubrics and Outcomes, please click this link and register to view the recording. RUBRICS Rubrics in WebStudy have been enhanced to include a new GUI and several new features. Note that your old (previous release) rubrics are available and will open in the new GUI.

Rubrics can now be created on two levels:

  • The Institutional level (created by administrator)
  • The Course level (created by an Instructor)

To access Rubrics, do the following:

  1. Click on Administration
  2. Click on Rubrics
  3. Create a new Rubric or Search “MyRubrics” or “Templates” to edit existing Rubrics.
  • All Rubrics can be shared across the Institution.
  • Rubrics can be assigned to a Department or a “Program.” Once a Rubric is assigned to a department or program, the rubric is available to the faculty in the department or program.
  • Rubrics are organized in a Rubrics “Library.” The Rubrics Library will provide overview statistics showing which rubrics are being used and by which courses.
  • Unused rubrics can be modified or deleted.

Rubrics can be copied and subsequently modified.

There are two types of shared rubrics:

  • Editable Rubrics – Instructors will be able to obtain a template of this type of rubric and then edit it.
  • Certification Rubrics – these rubrics are mandatory, created by Institutional Administrators, assigned to certain courses or coursework items, and they are marked as READ ONLY (cannot be edited by Instructors). When grading, instructors can enter comments at the rubric rating level as well as commenting on the entire rubric (total grade).

Rubrics are now self-adjusting and auto-scalable. For example: Suppose the original rubric was created to accommodate a gradable item with a Maximum Points earned set to 100. If a gradable item in a course is set to have 30 Maximum Points setting and we assign this rubric to it, the rubric will automatically and proportionally scale itself to reflect the Maximum Points value of 30 points to match the gradable item.

The new Rubrics engine will not work with existing rubrics until the existing rubrics are “migrated” to the new release. To ensure a smooth migration we will offer the following process: • For training and experimentation, we will provide an institutional “sandbox” that is completely discreet from your production environment.

  • Sandboxes may be used for rubrics and outcomes testing and training.
  • Any new rubrics and outcomes created in the Sandbox will not be lost.  Some or all may be moved to your production environment at your cut-over date if you wish.
  • On the cut-over date, we will move all rubrics and outcomes from your sandbox into production and you’re off and running with WebStudy Success!
  • Once all your old rubrics are in the new rubrics library there is a great opportunity to “clean up” any duplicates or unused rubrics. This can be done by you or we can assist upon request.

OUTCOMES

If the optional outcomes feature is used within a rubric (click “Find Outcome” when editing a rubric), then the rubric becomes a powerful tool to help influence student success, comprehension, and student retention levels and provide metrics of overall departmental or institutional performance.

Outcomes can be setup on the following levels:

  • Institutional
  • Departmental / Program

Navigate to the Outcomes Manager from the “Administration” menu

Outcomes navigation menu

Outcomes can be measured and analyzed producing a variety of comprehensive reports. Click the magnifying glass below the image for a larger view:

  • Overview Report:      
  • Outcome Over Courses Report:     
  • Detailed Report:    

Outcomes are embedded into rubrics, producing and aiding valuable data mining opportunities through reports and analytical tools.

 

 

 

 

 

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