What are rubrics? Why use them?
Rubrics specify the qualities or processes that must be exhibited in order for a given piece of work to be assigned a particular evaluative rating (Peter McDaniel, Understanding Educational Measurement). They provide a guide for both instructors and learners as to how “what learners do” in course will be assessed and/or graded. Rubrics can be used to assess almost any type of assignments, including essays, final projects, oral presentations, in-class and online discussion, artwork and performances.