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iRubric: Textbook Adoption Project rubric

iRubric: Textbook Adoption Project rubric

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Textbook Adoption Project

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Rubric Code: C4534X
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Categories: Subjects: Biology   (General)  
Types: Project   Assignment  
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80 % One or two chapters of the text should be surveyed to rate the categories below
  Unacceptable
0 pts
Acceptable
5 pts
Good
8 pts
Excellent
10 pts
Learning Objectives
10 % Many texts will list the chapter objectives in outline form. Are the essential objectives clearly presented and reinforced by the organization of the chapter text?
Unacceptable

LOs are not easily discernible. Some obvious learning objectives that should be addressed are missing.
Acceptable

LOs can be determined from the text, though they may not be explicitly stated. The most obvious learning objectives are addressed, but some topics may be lacking.
Good

LOs are clearly presented either as a preview, or within subsections of the text. All expected topics are present. There may be too many objectives, but there are not too few.
Excellent

LOs are clearly presented and reinforced throughout the text. All expected topics are presented as well as some additional topics of interest. Optional objectives can be clearly distinguished from essentials.
Critical Thought
15 % The text should go beyond just presenting facts. How do case studies, real-life examples, and historical experiments target critical thinking
Unacceptable

Any case studies or experiments cited are of limited value in encouraging critical thought.
Acceptable

Material offers some case studies or examples that engage the student in critical thought.
Good

Case studies, stories, and experimental summaries throughout the chapter help clarify concepts and encourage critical thinking.
Excellent

Case studies, stories, and experiments are exceptional in their ability to clarify concepts and encourage insights.
In-Chapter Assessment Tools
10 % For effective studying, students benefit from questions that assess their understanding as they read.
Unacceptable

Text is presented without sufficient assessment in the chapter. What assessments are present are more likely to confuse than help.
Acceptable

Some limited assessment is provided, but not all learning objectives may be assessed in text.
Good

Attention to every LO is given with assessments in the chapter. Quality of assessments is good.
Excellent

Assessments are given for every LO. Assessments are particularly effective at redirecting students toward areas of concern.
End-of-Chapter Assessments
10 % Every text provides some questions at the end of the chapter.
Unacceptable

Questions provided are limited in scope. May contain innacuracies or ignore critical concepts.
Acceptable

Fair number of questions provided. May or may not have any answers for students.
Good

End-of-chapter questions reinforce the most important concepts. A good mixture of difficulty levels and question types. Should provide answers to selected questions.
Excellent

End-of-chapter questions reinforce the most important concepts. A good mixture of difficulty levels and question types
Support for Advanced Students
10 % Some students may be looking for a bit more from their classes than just a grade.
Unacceptable

Text provides only the basic concepts in a way that does not challenge the advanced student. The text might be more suitable for a non-majors intro course.
Acceptable

Provides coverage of some advanced topics, though the focus is on the basics. Most information is presented without detail, but important concepts are presented well.
Good

Thorough detail is provided for most concepts. Advanced topics are presented with sufficient clarity to draw interest and provide a good starting point for further research if desired.
Excellent

The text covers all subjects thoroughly and provides significant insight into recent research and advanced concepts. Advanced students would find the text to be a great reference for future majors courses.
Support for Average Students
15 % What will the average student get from this text? Is the text simple and clear with a focus on the essentials?
Unacceptable

Average students are likely to be overwhelmed by the text. Excessive detail or complexity obscures the most essential concepts.
Acceptable

While there may be some difficult areas, the text as a whole is accessible to the average biology major.
Good

The essential concepts are easy to identify in the text and are presented clearly so that the average student should be able to understand them. more advanced subjects are introduced in a way that will not interfere with an understanding of the essentials.
Excellent

The text does an excellent job of presenting both the basics and advanced topics so that even an average student will gain insight into concepts beyond the introductory level.
Illustrations
10 %
Unacceptable

Illustrations are not engaging to learners. Some essential concepts may not have associated illustrations.
Acceptable

Illustrations are somewhat engaging to learners. Essential concepts are illustrated.
Good

Illustrations are engaging to learners and add significantly to an understanding of important concepts.
Excellent

Illustrations are of exceedingly high quality. It is possible to understand important concepts from figures alone
Overall Readability
20 %
Unacceptable

Text does not flow well. The writing style leads to confusion and/or boredom.
Acceptable

Though not inspiring, the text is understandable at least.
Good

The text is clear and comprehensible at all times. A single reading should provide an understanding of multiple ideas and encourage further interest.
Excellent

The text greatly increases interest in the subject matter while providing clear explanations of even difficult concepts.
Supplements to the text
20 % If available, online and CD supplements relating to the same chapters should be rreviewed as well
  Unacceptable
0 pts
Acceptable
5 pts
Good
8 pts
Excellent
10 pts
Electronic Learning Resources
50 % Online supplements to the text.
Unacceptable

Does not provide sufficient electronic learning resources and tools. Supplements may have frequent errors or bugs.
Acceptable

Provides some electronic learning resources and tools. Some chapters may not be fully supported, but what is present is functional and largely accurate. Limited self-assessment.
Good

Provides functional and accurate electronic learning resources and tools. All chapters are supported and all subsections are sufficiently addressed. Self-assessment tools direct students toward important concepts.
Excellent

Electronic resources are of the highest quality and integrate well with the text. A student using electronic and online supplements would be able to learn almost any concept covered and self-assess with confidence.
Instructor's Resources
50 % Test Banks, lecture notes, multimedia offerings
Unacceptable

Insufficient materials are offered.
Acceptable

Some materials are offered that could assist in preparing lectures or tests.
Good

Materials offered are of high quality and would greatly assist in teaching these subjects and/or preparing quizzes/tests/in-class activities.
Excellent

Instructor's resources are of the highest quality. Lecture notes and image banks streamline lecture preparation. Test banks are an excellent source of questions.



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