Assessing students’ work is a common activity in the life of any instructor, and depending on the number of students and type of assignment, can be a long and tedious process. Even after sharing grades and posting feedback, students are often interested in how the instructor arrived at a certain point value or score. Consequently, instructors often spend additional time answering students’ questions to “justify” their assessments.
Arizona State University Nursing instructor Patricia Harris discusses her use of rubrics and the GradeMark* functionality within Turnitin. Nursing faculty are finding that their use of these two tools:
- encourage transparent scoring guidelines;
- promote consistent scoring among faculty;
- emphasize writing;
- provide evidence of student critical thinking growth; and
- support a foundation for continuous improvement in grading.