rubric-teamassessment

Rubric – Team Assessments

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Background

In my APR 320/Copywriting class, students spend the entire semester as part of a team. This offers them opportunities to practice their communication and interpersonal skills while building peer relationships.

For each large-scale project (3), teams are reorganized with new members. This is done to keep teams from getting stagnant and forces students to realign with a new group of individuals.

When groups are shuffled, I provide the students with the opportunity to provide me with feedback about the performance of their previous group’s members. They fill out a rubric that I then use to help determine each student’s grade, allowing each member of the group to earn individualized grade on a group project. Grades are determined by the project deliverable (group grade, 80% of total), performance during the project presentation (individual grade, 10% of total), and the team assessment of the student (individual grade, 10% of total). When one student does all the work, or does not pull their weight, their grade should reflect their level and quality of participation in the process.


The Rubric

Contribution & Communication

Excellent (5)
Routinely provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. A leader who contributes a lot of effort.

Good (4)
Usually provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. A strong group member who tries hard!

Needs Improvement (3)
Sometimes provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. A satisfactory group member who does what is required.

Unacceptable (1)
Rarely provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. May refuse to participate.

Responsibility

Excellent (5)
Performs all tasks effectively, attends all meetings, and participates enthusiastically. Very reliable.

Good (4)
Performs all tasks, attends meetings regularly, and usually participates effectively. Generally reliable.

Needs Improvement (3)
Performs tasks but needs many reminders; attends meetings regularly but generally does not say anything constructive, sometimes expects others to do his/her work.

Unacceptable (1)
Does not perform tasks, often misses meetings and, when present, does not have anything constructive to say, relies on others to do the work.

Problem-solving

Excellent (5)
Actively looks for and suggests solutions to problems.

Good (4)
Refines solutions suggested by others.

Needs Improvement (3)
Does not suggest or refine solutions, but is willing to try out solutions suggested by others.

Unacceptable (1)
Does not try to solve problems or help others solve problems. Lets others do the work.

Focus

Excellent (5)
Consistently stays focused on the task and what needs to be done. Very self-directed.

Good (4)
Focuses on the task and what needs to be done most of the time. Other group members can count on this person.

Needs Improvement (3)
Focuses on the task and what needs to be done some of the time. Other group members must sometimes nag, prod, and remind to keep this person on task.

Unacceptable (1)
Rarely focuses on the task and what needs to be done. Lets others do the work.

Attitude

Excellent (5)
Always has a positive toward the project and the work of others.

Good (4)
Usually has a positive toward the project and the work of others.

Needs Improvement (3)
Indifferent or sometimes negative toward the project and the work of others.

Unacceptable (1)
Frequently has a negative attitude toward the project and the work of others.