For the non-educators amongst our readers: A rubric is a scoring tool that lists the criteria for a piece of work or ‘what counts.’ Here is an example simple rubric for problem solving:
When done correctly, rubrics are great tools to help a teacher communicate their expectations and help students set goals and guide their work. The process of developing a rubric ideally becomes a collaborative process.
A recent experiment we did asked the question: What happens if you combine lessons from web 2.0 and social media to the process of developing a rubric? The result? We’ve built what we call “Social Rubrics”. Essentially this tool facilitates the process of building a rubric for teachers (and students) in a much more open and collaborative way. Right now, we’ve built in the following:
- Create and share an initial rubric;
- Make copy and edit an existing rubric in one click;
- Have multiple editors on a single rubric and record all revisions in a revision history (similar to how a wiki works);
- Add tags to help organize many rubrics;
- Comments on existing rubrics;
Here’s a demo video below to give you idea of how it works:
Social Rubrics is one component of the social media system we’re developing for TGS that we affectionately call SPOT. This system was developed on an open source platform called Elgg. Social Rubrics were built as a self contained plugin for Elgg. It is one of many tools we hope to develop and release to the public as part of the TGS journey.
We’d love to hear your comments, questions and feedback. —Mike