About the Viewbrics project

Rubrics: a set of guidelines used to communicate the learning expectations or learning standards that have to be reached by students within a certain amount of time. Not only do they help students with feedback, they also measure the extent to which a student masters a certain skill. This is why, in secondary education, rubrics are used more and more to support the learning process of complex (21st century) skills.

The goal of the Viewbrics project is to survey the possibilities which rubrics with video modelling examples offer to formatively test three skills, namely presenting, collaborating and literacy skills. To successfully give good feedback, students and their teachers need to have an accurate idea of what these goals mean specifically. The expectations have to be formulated decently, in clear, not too difficult language. This is why each rubric is divided into descriptions of separate, smaller skills and levels. But without visual instruction, it can still be hard to understand these definitions. In this research, teachers, students and investigators develop rubrics with video  modelling examples. The effects will then be tested in schools that didn’t participate in the development. It is expected that the rubrics with video examples will lead to an better result in understanding of the expected performance level of a complex skill, a richer mental model of both learners and assessors (e.g. peers) and therefore lead to more consistent and concrete  feedback during practice.

This will hopefully lead to an improved mastery of a complexskill. The concrete result of this project are reusable and validated rubrics with video modelling examples for three complex skills, which can be used in Dutch secondary education. The project is supported by the NOW (Dutch National Research Council)/NRO and it will take three years to be fully completed. Along with the Welten-institute, teachers and students of the Sint-Janscollege, Agora/Niekée and the Grotiuscollege are involved with this research. Both LVO and SOML, as the Regional Centre of Expertise, Rhine-Meuse and the Welten-institute will, if necessary, include teachers of other schools in the research and development process to achieve broader engagement, application possibilities and utilization of the results.