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One scoring rubric to rule them all

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Science  07 Nov 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6210, pp. 713-714
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6210.713-b

Evaluating the effectiveness of undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses requires assessing teaching practices. This is largely done through student course evaluations, which often have not been administered or collected in a consistent manner. To standardize this process, Wieman and Gilbert developed a rubric that assigns points to each teaching practice for which there is research showing that the practice improves learning. Although a potentially valuable tool for improving undergraduate STEM teaching, it will need to be periodically updated in order to incorporate the latest developments in teaching and learning research.

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