Teaching by Example Discussion

Teaching by Example: Discussion Board Rubric (Grade Assessment)


The objective is the DB Rubric is give clear direction on DB grading outcomes. The rubric gives examples of what is expected to earn an A, B, C, or failing grade on the DB’s each week. Of course most students want to earn an A! So, if an A is your goal, aim for ‘Outstanding’ and complete all of the criteria for an outstanding grade!

Criteria A (25 points) Outstanding B (20 points)


C (15 points)


D/F (10 points and below)

Below Expectations

Critical Thinking · rich in content

· full of thought, insight, and analysis

· substantial information

· thought, insight, and analysis has taken place

· generally competent

· information is thin and commonplace

· rudimentary and superficial

· no analysis or insight is displayed

Connections Clear connections

· to previous or current content

· to real-life situations

· connections are made,

· not really clear or too obvious

· limited, if any connections

· vague generalities

· no connections are made

· off topic

Uniqueness · new ideas

· new connections

· made with depth and detail

· new ideas or connections

· lack depth and/or detail

· few, if any new ideas or connections

· rehash or summarize other postings

· no new ideas

· “I agree with …” statement

Timeliness · 1 post, 2 replies, 2 different days

· early in discussion

· throughout the discussion

· post/reply, same day

· some not in time for others to read & respond

· 1 post or 1 reply

· most at the last minute without allowing for response time

· some, or all, required postings missing

· very little content

Stylistics · few grammatical or stylistic errors

· key ideas are in bold font

· proper references when needed (or page numbers to text)

· several grammatical or stylistic errors

· key ideas in bold font

· obvious grammatical or stylistic errors

· errors interfere with content\

· no bold font

· obvious grammatical or stylistic errors

· makes understanding impossible

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