Here’s a thorough discussion about approaching rubrics from a WAC/WID perspective, with examples from various disciplines: 

Harvard’s Project Zero presents two studies on the effect of instructional rubrics and rubric-referenced self-assessment on the development of 7th and 8th grade students’ writing skills and their understandings of the qualities of good writing; its findings are transferable to a college setting:


Sample rubrics


Using rubrics to manage and evaluate student blog posts

  • Here’s one post about using rubrics with blogging assignments:  The primary example is from a graduate-level course, but there are links to a number of other rubrics in the comments on the article.
  • This article is more geared toward using blogs in an undergrad course and offers some sound advice about managing student posts over the course of a semester (e.g. giving them a chance to go back and revise one or two posts, especially ones that might be building blocks for a paper).
  • This post on Mark Sample’s blog offers a grading scale of 1 to 4.

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