Assessing Collaborative Assignments

Decorative: Two light bulbs shaped like profiles of human heads, each with "idea" written on it; where the heads touch, there is a Venn overlap labeled "Best idea." Written above the picture is "Collaborative learning."

 

A. "Assessing Collaborative Assignments" (SlideShare; slide 12) outlines the broad strokes for doing such assessment. The following rubrics refine the process:

  • Collaboration Rubric (web; doc)
  • Collaborative Working with Groups Rubric (web; doc)
  • Adult Collaborative Work Groups (web; doc)

1. Grading

  • "To Grade or Not to Grade?: Review your intended outcomes for using collaborative tools and decide if grading is appropriate."
  • "If you decide to assign grade, place the eavluation's emphasis on the content."
  • "Use rubrics as appropriate."
  • "Assessment and evaluation might include any of the following criteria. In the entry, the student ..."
    • "Provided a descriptive record of his or her study"
    • "Included personal observations and questions about course material"
    • "Identified areas to review"
    • "Evaluated his or her study by referencing his or her learning process"
    • "Used reasoning and collected evidence"
    • "Planned improvemen or set goals based on reflection"

2. Commenting

  • "Focus on the content and ideas."
  • "Write in complete sentences and include details."
  • "Always provide positive comments."
  • "Avoid overwhelminga  student with too many comments."
  • "Help students learn from their writing."
  • "Whenevr possible, provide feedback to the class as a whole."

B. For More on Collaborative Learning, See the Following:

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