In this workshop we will share our experiences on developing rubrics to assess students' reports from an undergraduate research project. We will focus primarily on how "subjective"/unclear definition of the different categories might lead to biased/subjective assessment of students reports. We will also discuss the importance of peer discussion and expert review of the rubric to define more objective rubric categories. We will then open a discussion on the advantages and pitfalls of using different rubrics to assess students' undergraduate research. This will lead to pinpointing some key criteria for developing a rubric to score students' reports.
1. Highlighting some challenges in developing a rubric to assess the student learning gains from an authentic undergraduate research experience.
2. Defining some advantages and pitfalls of using rubrics in assessment of students' undergraduate research outputs.
Hagar Ibrahim Labouta is a Teaching Postdoctoral Scholar at the Nanoscience Program, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. She got her PhD in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, University of Saarland, Germany. Her research focuses on investigating cytotoxicity and cellular uptake of nanoparticles. She also focuses on understanding student learning within an authentic/self-guided inquiry-based research science environment.
Max Anikovskiy is an instructor at the Nanoscience Program, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, with specialties in fluorescence spectroscopy, confocal microscopy, image analysis techniques.