Sharing the construction of assessment rubrics with students: A Model for collaborative rubric construction


  • Jason K Morton Avondale University College, Australia
  • Maria Northcote Avondale University College, Australia
  • Peter Kilgour Avondale University College, Australia
  • Wendy A Jackson Avondale University College, Australia


assessment, assessment rubrics, rubric co-construction


Traditionally, rubrics were used simply as grading tools to provide marking frameworks that were transparent to students. More recently, rubrics have been promoted as educational tools to inform students of good practice with the assumption that they engage with these rubrics to guide their learning. However, some tensions arise from this approach, including the assumption that students actually engage with assessment rubrics and, most notably, whether students understand the purpose of rubrics and the language used within. In response, this paper promotes the practice of teachers involving their students in the co-construction of rubrics by presenting a Model of Collaborative Rubric Construction. This Model was informed by an extensive literature review, advice from international assessment experts, and both qualitative and quantitative data from students and teachers who worked in partnership to co-construct and use assessment rubrics across three higher education institutions. The Model, structured as three-tiers, offers background information about rubrics and their co-construction, strategies to guide collaboration in the rubric co-construction process, and shared scholarship associated with the project (i.e., research methods, recommendations for practice, and relevant references and publications) in which the Model was developed.


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Sharing the construction of assessment rubrics with students: A Model for collaborative rubric construction. (2021). Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 18(4).

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