The USITT Creative Teaching on the Web is a peer reviewed web publication with the aim of sharing teaching ideas and resources to theatre community. Submissions are welcomed from all teachers and may cover any age range of student.
Rubrics are ways to provide a clearly defined standard of performance for a specific activity. Rubrics can be overarching assessments, for example of good writing no matter the topic or performance standards for run crew position, or they can be very focused standards for a specific assignment: a student building their first flat. Rubrics can make it easier to provide consistent feedback, shape a specific dialog between faculty and student (often very helpful for classes thought by a variety of instructors), and set clear expectations with students at the start of their work. While rubrics can be exceptionally helpful and empowering when they are too narrow or prescriptive than they can undermine teaching a student how to cope with ambiguity, how to listen and gather information on their own (directors usually don’t hand out rubrics at first meetings with designers).
Rubric submissions must address the following:
- Please keep this informative but short. The goal of the abstract is to allow visitors to the web site to scroll through many articles and find the project that fits their needs.
- Activity Objectives
- These are measurable outcomes that result from the project. What you expect the students to learn. To be measurable each objective must be evaluated as part of the activity plan to insure students learned it during the activity.
- Rubric Goals
- What aspects of student performance was this rubric designed to evaluate and encourage? How do you hope this rubric frames the discussion between an instructor and student?
- Description (optional)
- This is a detailed description of the activity the rubric is for, only necessary if the abstract doesn’t provide a sufficient overview. Please attach any additional needed materials. If web sites are used please provide a detailed description so the site can be found if it moves or alternatives could be used in the case of web sites that close.
- Use Recommendations (optional)
- Describe any recommendations for the teacher to manage their time.
- Adaptation (optional)
- Ideas for adapting to other sized groups or smartly managing limited resources.
- Contact information:
- This information will not be shared with reviewers. Only your name and institution will be shared on the web site.
- Work Address:
A word template for submissions can be found here: Rubric Submission Template
When you are ready to submit e-mail your Word or PDF document (PDF preferred) using this form: Submission Form