Rubrics for assessing blogs

How blogs are assessed depends on the assignment. You may assess each blog post (students respond to a given prompt) or you may assess all their entries together (students write regular entries without specific prompts, like a journal). Below are example rubrics for both types of blog assignments. 

Evaluating blog posts

This simple rubric can help you grade blog posts in a short amount of time. Read more about this rubric at "A rubric for evaluating blogs" by Mark Sample.

Rating Characteristics
4 Exceptional. The blog post is focused and coherently integrates examples with explanations or analysis. The post demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.
3 Satisfactory. The blog post is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The post reflects moderate engagement with the topic.
2 Underdeveloped. The blog post is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The post reflects passing engagement with the topic.
1 Limited. The blog post is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic.
0 No Credit. The blog post is missing or consists of one or two disconnected sentences

Another example: Professor Christopher Long - Penn State University (PDF)

Evaluating student blogs

Blogging assignments that require students to make regular, unprompted entries into a personal blog, like a journal, require a slightly different rubric. These rubrics are intended to assess a student's blog overall and not individual posts. With these rubrics, you would likely assess the student blogs once or twice a semester.


To make grading even more effecient, any of these rubrics can be created in Moodle. Read more about using rubrics in Moodle.


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