Collaborative assessment with rubrics

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Collaborative assessment is when multiple evaluators evaluate the same item. For example, a faculty member may invite a department to evaluate his/her course, or a student may invite his/her classes and teachers to evaluate his/her ePortfolio.

Any member can attach a rubric to a document, website, or other object, and then invite others to engage in a collaborative assessment. Our collaborative assessment comes with a live report of results and graded rubrics. Our collaborative assessment feature can also be used for collecting data and taking surveys.


Note: If you need to collect multiple artifacts, evaluate multiple students/evaluatees, track evaluation progress, validate reliability, etc., then you want Matrix assessment system that includes iRubric.

Starting a collaborative assessment

Creating an assessment

  1. Build a rubric or select an existing rubric. Learn more about how to build a rubric.
  2. From the rubric preview page, click on the apply to... (rubricapply.gif) icon.
  3. Under Option 2, click on the go (go.gif) icon next to an object type (e.g. Assess a website).
  4. Enter the assessment title and other information and press save.
  • Continue to the next steps (Inviting evaluators).

Inviting evaluators

  • Continued from the above steps (Creating assessment).
  1. Check the box next to the evaluators you want to invite and press continue.
  2. Send out an invitation to evaluators using one of the three methods:
    • Method 1: Send an invitation message to evaluators using our message board.
    • Method 2: Send an email to evaluators with a link to the rubric.
    • Method 3: Cut and paste a link onto a document, website, email, etc.

Note: The evaluators page shows a list of communities you belong to, i.e. classes, teams, groups, clubs, etc.

If you have not joined a community yet, the page will only show the invite evaluators button.

Steps for invited evaluators

  1. Login to your account. If you don't have an account yet, please become a member first.
  2. Select assessments from rubrics menu.
    • To view the attached rubric and read its description, click on the assessment title link.
    • To do an evaluation, click on the score it link. You can view the item that is being evaluated, score it and leave comments. Press save score to submit your assessment.
    • To view other evaluators' scores (if available), click on the number of assessments link. Click on the link next to the evaluator. You will see how this evaluator scored the item and read the comment.

Note 1: You can always save your scores and continue scoring later, or go back and re-do your scoring until the assessment period is over.

Note 2: If you see a blocked (block.gif) icon, it means the person who initiated the collaborative assessment has blocked evaluators from accessing the information, or the assessment period has finished.

A Collaborative Assessment Exercise to Engage a Classroom

We have found the following to be a great exercise to learn about collaborative assessment, to teach students about rubrics and get them engaged.

  1. Pick a rubric that can be applied to a website.
    • If you don't have a rubric, copy the rubric at Website/ePortfolio Rubric to your area (open the link and click on the duplicate icon (copy.gif) on top of the rubric).
  2. Create a collaborative assessment for this rubric:
    1. Click on the apply to... (rubricapply.gif) icon on top of the rubric.
    2. Under Option 2, select "assess a website".
    3. Enter a title (E.g. Rank this website) and the address of the site (e.g. and press [save].
    4. Enter general info about this assessment and press [continue].
    5. Select the class to send the rubric to and press [continue].
    6. At "Invite evaluators using one of the following methods:" page, select the message board link next to Method 1
    7. Send a message to your class. A link for this assessment is automatically sent with the message. The class can also access it any time by selecting rubrics, assessments from the top menu.

See Also

Learn More About Rubrics

Working with rubrics

iRubric Public Tools