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Performance Rubrics for 95820 Production Management Assignment

Name: Thomas Murray
Scope: Course – 95820 Strategic Management and Implementation, Heinz School
Assessment Tool: Final Assignment Rubric

Motivation/Purpose:

What factors/data/circumstances initiated the action?

I had taught the course before and wasn’t comfortable with the types of assessments I was using. The topic of the course is very broad, and the course is only 6 weeks long and I wanted to find a way to make the assessments appropriate for the topic but still manageable for the students and myself.  Further, I wanted to be sure that my assessments addressed my learning goals.

Goal:

What did you hope to learn from the assessment?

To provide students and myself with a clear understanding of the requirements of the assignment and to ensure that the assignment was addressing course goals.

Methods/Tools:

How was the data collected?

In the process of clarifying my learning goals, I developed a rubric that identified the key learning components assessed by the assignment. It is a multi-phase assignment and there is a rubric for each phase.

Implementation: How was the assessment activity carried out?

The rubric was distributed with the assignment description.

Who were the participants?

This is a graduate level course of approximately 50 students. Students work on the assignment in small groups.This year, for the first time, the course was simultaneously delivered to students in Australia via video-conferencing.

When was/will the data be collected?

This is a multi-phase assignment, with a different rubric associated with each phase.  It culminates in a final assignment collected at the end of the course.

What is the current status?

This is an ongoing component of the course.

How was the data analyzed/interpreted?

I grade and review all the assignments, using the rubric as a guide.

Impact/Results: How is the data being used?

Developing the rubric ended up being a “sanity check.” By analyzing the components of the assignment and checking the alignment with the learning content I was able to see that the assignment was the right one for the goals of the course. The rubric also seems to have helped the students – the last three assignment submissions have shown improvements.

Comments:

Although it took time to develop the rubric, it has made the grading process easier and has helped to address grading complaints.  Developing a rubric is a useful exercise for checking the alignment between the learning content of the course and the assignments.

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