Honestly, I believe the type of rubric selected would depend on the content and the students. There are some that were presented such as Rubric Two which I feel would be great for a class that perhaps was literary or language focused. It strongly emphasis the presence of personality, voice, and character in posts. I can see where that would be extremely important in certain environments. I did not feel this environment was the best match for that rubric.
Rubric One and Three I felt were somewhat similar. I felt they were much more “simplified” in their approach. Which to me was much less intimidating. I felt very overwhelmed when I saw Rubric Two. I almost feel that type of rubric may discourage participation as it brought about a sense of anxiety in me and made the idea of posting a comment into an assignment equivalent to that of a final paper. That is not encouraging community engagement.
The other two, as Rubric One mentioned, go more into transparency. There is less guesswork going into it. You create your post, you put thought into it, you have to make it so that others understand where you are coming from, and if needed present evidence. Rubric Three was different because it had a category for personalizing your blog and adding your own elements.
I was a little unsure of Rubric One. I like that it is relatively simple. However, I found that to be vague. I would think as a professor it would be very subjective and as a student the expectations would not be very clear.
I like Rubric Three because it is simple and clear. The expectations are broken down in a structure that is understandable and simple. I know the expectations and they are not overwhelming. We were talking about that when we were discussing Transactional Distance Theory. About the importance of structure, communication, and autonomy. So, this rubric provides structure, it provides expectations for the initiation of communication, and it encourages autonomy. It encourages it by eliminating or minimizing some of the anxiety of a task that may be too much or unclear.
I would say I would change one part of Rubric Three. I would not make “Use of Enhancements” part of every blog post. I feel for certain posts it would be a great idea. However, for some posts that may be extra and distracting. As far as personalizing the blog itself I can see where that is helpful because it reflects personality. However, I feel like this should not be part of the scoring for each post.
That’s all folks! Thanks for reading!