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iRubric: Textbook Adoption Project rubric

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Textbook Adoption Project

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Rubric Code: S4X74X
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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 list chapter objectives in outline form. Are 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 additional topics of interest. Optional objectives are clearly distinguished from essentials.
Critical Thought
15 % Texts should facilitate critical thought. How do case studies, real-life examples, and experiments extend knowledge of facts to novel problems?
Unacceptable

Case studies or experiments are of limited value in encouraging critical thought.
Acceptable

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

Case studies, stories, and experiments 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 into novel problems.
In-Chapter Assessment Tools
10 % How do questions within the text help students assess their learning as they read?
Unacceptable

Text is presented without sufficient assessment within the chapter. Assessments are more likely to confuse than help.
Acceptable

Limited assessment is provided, but not all learning objectives may be assessed.
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 effective at redirecting students toward areas of concern or misconception.
End-of-Chapter Assessments
10 % How do end of chapter assessments facilitate learning?
Unacceptable

Questions are limited in scope

May contain innacuracies or ignore critical concepts.
Acceptable

Fair number of questions provided.

Questions may or may not provide answers for students.
Good

End-of-chapter questions reinforce important concepts.

An appropriate number of questions are posed.

Answers are provided.
Excellent

End-of-chapter questions reinforce the important concepts.

Questions vary in difficulty and types, but focus is primarily on those that require critical thought and synthesis of concepts in chapter.
Support for Advanced Students
10 % How would this text support advanced learners who desire more than a grade from a course?
Unacceptable

Text provides only basic concepts in a non-challenging way.

The text may be more suited for a non-majors 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 clear, draw interest, and provide a starting point for further research.
Excellent

The text covers all subjects thoroughly and provides significant insight into research and advanced concepts.

Advanced students would refer to the text as a reference for future majors courses.
Support for Average Students
15 % What will the average student get from this text?

Does it clearly explain essential concepts?
Unacceptable

Average students are likely to be overwhelmed by the text.

Excessive detail or complexity obscures the 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.

Concepts are accessible to average students.

Advanced topics do not interfere with comprehension of essential topics.
Excellent

The text clearly presents both basic and advanced topics so that average student will gain insight into concepts beyond the introductory level.
Illustrations
10 %
Unacceptable

Illustrations are not engaging to learners.

Essential concepts may lack illustration.
Acceptable

Illustrations are somewhat engaging to learners.

Essential concepts are illustrated.
Good

Illustrations are engaging and contribute to an understanding of important concepts.
Excellent

Illustrations are exceptional.

It is possible to understand important concepts from figures alone.
Overall Readability
20 %
Unacceptable

Text flows poorly.

The writing style leads to confusion and/or boredom.

Text is unbroken across large stretches. Little or no graphical structure (i.e. fonts and highlighting) present.
Acceptable

Though uninspiring, the text is understandable.

Some graphical structure (i.e. fonts and highlighting) is included.
Good

The text is clear and comprehensible throughout.

A single reading should provide an understanding of multiple ideas and encourage interest.

Graphical structure (i.e. fonts and highlighting) is intuitive and emphasizes key elements.
Excellent

The text increases interest while providing clear explanations of difficult concepts.

Organization of chapter texts draws the eye to key statements and concepts.
Supplements to the text
20 % If available, we should evaluate online and CD supplements relating to the same chapters as well.
  Unacceptable
0 pts
Acceptable
5 pts
Good
8 pts
Excellent
10 pts
Electronic Learning Resources
50 % Online supplements.
Unacceptable

Insufficient resources and tools.

Supplements may have frequent errors or bugs.
Acceptable

Provides some resources and tools.

Some chapters may not be fully supported, but what is present is functional and largely accurate.

Self-assessment tools are limited.
Good

Provides functional and accurate resources and tools.

All chapters are supported, and all subsections are sufficiently addressed.

Self-assessment tools direct students toward important concepts and misconceptions.
Excellent

Electronic resources are well-designed, intuitive, 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.

Materials may require some adaptation or time to incorporate in lectures.
Good

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

Materials require little time to integrate in lectures.
Excellent

Instructor's resources are exceptional, intuitive, and easy to integrate.

Lecture notes and image banks streamline lecture preparation and require little time to integrate.

Test banks provide excellent questions.



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