Rubrics are invaluable tools which can ensure quality assessment and evaluation of student achievement. This article provides a brief overview of the use of rubrics in higher education; explores the use of rubrics as both instructional and assessment instruments; discusses benefits for instructors and students; and acknowledges some limitations of rubrics. Overall recommendations for using rubrics as and for learning are presented, along with tips for using the electronic rubrics tool in Blackboard Learn 9.1.
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