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Crafting Transparent Learning Pathways for Students √ §

with Rubrics and Test Maps



Date & Time

February 14, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


What if students could see how each part of a project, each question on an exam, every part of your class works together to build their learning? Although students (and faculty) typically view rubrics as grading tools for instructors, in fact rubrics can offer students a clear learning pathway. Similarly, test maps, though largely unfamiliar to students and faculty alike, can help everyone see the knowledge structures behind core class concepts and skills. How can you use these tools to help students learn more effectively, cultivate self-efficacy, sidestep assignment pitfalls, and move past typical obstacles? In this session, we’ll examine how to activate rubrics as self- and peer- assessment tools, guide students through the explicit pathway to success that your rubric creates, and engage students in co-creating, revising, clarifying, and improving rubrics. We’ll also look at test maps and how to take advantage of the testing effect by sharing the map and results with students.

Please click “Going Virtually” below to reserve your seat for this session, and we will send you a Google calendar invitation with a WebEx link one hour before the session. If you register less than an hour before the session, you will receive the WebEx link when you register. Please email fdc@umbc.edu if you have any questions. If you have registered and find that you can no longer attend, please kindly release your spot so that others may attend.

√ Counts toward the ALIT Certificate
§ Counts toward the INNOVATE Certificate

Part of the FDC Leadership & Teaching Series
Launched in March 2018!

Sessions in this series are designed to help you to reflect on challenges in collegiate teaching and how you, in your role as a formal or informal leader at UMBC, can contribute to innovative solutions. Faculty and staff colleagues will address specific challenges in interactive presentations designed to help you explore key questions, for example:
  • How can you use research to improve teaching, learning, and curriculum design?
  • How can you connect to other teaching leaders to identify common challenges and devise shared solutions?
  • How can you contribute to a collaborative culture of evidence-based teaching to improve student learning?
  • How can you identify policies, processes, and technologies that make it easier to gather and use evidence of student learning?
All faculty are welcome to attend, especially those who...
  • Are chairs, deans, graduate program directors, or have formal leadership roles, or
  • Have informal leadership roles or who aspire to be campus leaders.