The Development of a Discussion Rubric for Online Courses: Standardizing Expectations of Graduate Students in Online Scholarly Discussions

Vanessa L. Wyss, Debra Freedman, Cathy J. Siebert

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Abstract

This paper reports on the design and evaluation of a rubric for assessing discussions in online graduate level education courses. The aims of the research were twofold. The first goal was to develop a discussion rubric that provides guidance to graduate students participating in online courses that are heavily discussion based. The second goal was to evaluate the efficacy of the rubric in student comfort with the expectations for the course and the quality of the discussions. Qualitative and quantitative course evaluations from four sections of an online graduate course are utilized to report on the effectiveness of the rubric upon implementation. Student average grades also show a statistically significant increase with the implementation of the rubric.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-107
Number of pages9
JournalTechTrends
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • higher education
  • online course development
  • online learning
  • rubric development

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