Rubrics

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Blog Posts

Grade Description
A

Post fulfills all components of the Writing Prompt by making clear and correct reference to the assigned texts, posts, or other material (if any).  Post shows strong understanding of material, makes connections that demonstrate strong understanding of material and central concepts of the course.  The best posts will present fully thought out ideas that demonstrate critical thinking skills, analysis, and careful writing.

B

Post fulfills all requirements of the Writing Prompt and demonstrated basic understanding of the day’s readings.

C

Post fulfills most or all requirements of the Writing Prompt, but has some minor problems, such as misreading less important aspects of the text or one major problem that detracts from the quality of the post.

D

Post fails to fulfill most of the requirements of the Writing Prompt either from misunderstanding of the prompt or due to major misunderstandings of the text, central concepts of the course, or both.

F

No Post, Post is off-topic, or Post does not address any issues raised in the Writing Prompt.

Additional:

– one letter grade:Student does not respond to comments on post by Noon the following day.

– half a letter grade: Post contains severe grammatical issues

– one letter grade: Post is two or less hours late; – one letter grade for each additional hour late

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Comments

Grade Description
A

Comments consistently engage with central issues raised by the original post, providing positive contributions to the discussion that might provide new information, make critical and beneficial corrections, and generally engaging in a positive and constructive discussion that benefits the original poster.  Makes at least the required number of comments.

B

Comments engage with issues raised by the original post (although they may not be central).  The comments provide positive contributions to the discussion.  Makes at least the required number of comments.

C

Comments engage with issues raised by the material for the course, writing prompt, or both, but only indirectly engages with the original post.  Comments may misread the original post, but still make some kind of positive contribution.

D

Comments misread the original post and fail to make any positive contribution to the discussion.

F

No comments or comments do not address any info in the post.

Additional:

+ half a letter grade: Exceeds the required number of comments by two or more with comments that are consistently of a B level or higher

– one letter grade: Comments are six or less hours late

– one letter grade for every additional two hours late

Note:

Comments grade is determined from average quality of comments for the day

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Group Post

Grade Description
A

Post fulfills all requirements of the assignment.  Post clearly and concisely summarizes all readings from the Learning Path, but also connects the summaries up to a coherent argument for several central ideas.  Post makes connections that demonstrate strong understanding of material and central concepts of the course.  The best posts will present fully thought out ideas that demonstrate critical thinking skills, analysis, and careful writing that smoothly connects the contributions of all members of the course.

B

Post fulfills all requirements of the assignment.  Post clearly summarizes all readings from the learning path and competently connects them together by way of several central ideas, which demonstrates a clear understanding of the material.  Post may have some minor errors, but none that detract from the overall effectiveness of the post.

C

Post fulfills all requirements of the assignment, but has one significant problem or several minor errors that detract from the overall force of the post.  A post of this quality may also be disjointed and have sections clearly written by different authors.  Such a post lacks an overall sense of unity.

D

Post fails to complete all requirements of the assignment or has many significant errors that detract from the overall quality of the post.  In addition, the post may be disjointed and lack a sense of unity between the different sections.

F

No Post, Post is off-topic, or Post does not fulfill assignment in any way.

Additional:

– half a letter grade: Post contains severe grammatical issues

– one letter grade: Post is two or less hours late; – one letter grade for each additional hour late

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Exam Questions

Grade Description
A

Fulfills complete number of points of assignment and all requirements for the type of questions written.

B

Fulfills complete number of points of the assignment and most questions meet the requirements for the type of questions written.

C

Fulfills complete number of points of the assignment.  Some questions fail to meet the requirements for the types of questions written.

D

Does not complete full number of points of the assignment.  All questions fail to meet the requirements for the types of questions written.

F

No exam questions submitted or submitted questions do not deal with unit topic.

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Final Post

Grade Description
A

Post fulfills all requirements of the assignment.  Post makes connections that demonstrate strong understanding of material and central concepts of the course and combine this with a strong sense of narrative that tracks the student’s values as they develop across the course.  The best post will demonstrate significant revisions of past posts, while also tracking how the changes (or lack of changes) in the student’s values in regard to the environment are interconnected.

B

Post fulfills all requirements of the assignment.  A post of this quality will demonstrate a definite understanding of the material for the course, and, more importantly, show a strong sense of reflection.  Post may have some minor errors relating to concepts and textual details, but nothing that detracts from the overall post.

C

Post fulfills all requirements of the assignment, but has one significant problem or a few minor errors that detract from the overall quality of the post.  These problems and errors may be related to concepts and textual details, but may also involve the general argument for the development of the personal environmental ethic.

D

Post fails to complete all requirements of the assignment, either by failing to appeal to texts, to revise past posts in any significant manner, or by making any coherent argument for the development of the student’s personal environmental ethic.

F

No Post, Post is off-topic, or Post does not fulfill any requirements of the assignment

Additional:

– half a letter grade: Post contains severe grammatical issues

– one letter grade: Post is two or less hours late; – one letter grade for each additional hour late

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