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Pages: 701-707
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain

ANALYSIS OF RUBRIC ASSESSMENT APPLIED TO TWO CROSS-CURRICULAR COMPETENCIES IN FORESTRY DEGREE

The adaptation process towards the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has implied changes in teaching and learning. It entailed a convergence towards a new framework, in which the student is the center of the learning process. The new methodological approach in the EHEA umbrella is based into Competency-based learning or Competency Based Education.

To analyze how the implementation was developing, we selected two main individual skills as learning outcome. One was an instrumental skill “Decision Making” and other was a systemic skill "Initiative and Entrepreneurship". We analyzed results obtained from assessments carried out by using proposed rubrics. The selected subjects to implement rubrics were Forest Economics (mandatory in first course) and Forest Valuation (optional in third course).

The initial proposal was to evaluate both two skills by using rubrics, a type of matrix that provides scaled levels of achievement or understanding for a set of criteria or dimensions of quality for a given type of performance. The rubric to evaluate “Decision Making” was based on three indicators:
i) Attitude to face different activities and problems (weighted at 40%),
ii) initiative and confidence to develop activities (weighted at 30%),
iii) results of activities implemented (weighted at 30%).

The rubric to evaluate “Initiative and Entrepreneurship” was based on four indicators:
i) Take initiatives facing new situations (weighted at 30%),
ii) Self Esteem, students have an adequate self-concept which allow them to take initiatives (weighted at 15%),
iii) risks and opportunities analysis, students are to anticipate effects of their actions (weighted at 40%), and
iv) the initiative promotes the involvement to other students (weighted at 15%).

The rubrics were developed to be evaluated by using two different performances:
a) student essay responses in an oral presentation
b) delivery of a technical report.

We compared results obtained which showed that student improved their knowledge and marks. It was due to the fact that they were given a guide clarifying the expectations of the teacher (or trainer) about the proposed performance on a given assignment and how goals should be met. The improvement was higher for students in low level courses which demonstrated that novice students were prepared to pass a particular task or type of test, even the first time they were facing it.

In this way, the rubric assessment demonstrated to be a useful tool to implement the Competency-based learning, simplifying the teaching and evaluation way and improving results and the professional skill for students.
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author = {Bernab{\'{e}}u Ca{\~n}ete, R. and L{\'{o}}pez Serrano, F.R. and Andr{\'{e}}s Abell{\'{a}}n, M. and Botella Miralles, O. and Copete Carre{\~n}o, M.A. and Lucas Borja, M.E. and Martinez-Garc{\'{i}}a, E. and Monreal Montoya, J.A. and Pulido Garc{\'{i}}a, L. and Selva Denia, M. and Vill{\'{e}}n Altamirano, J. and Garc{\'{i}}a Morote, F.A. and Moya, D.},
title = {ANALYSIS OF RUBRIC ASSESSMENT APPLIED TO TWO CROSS-CURRICULAR COMPETENCIES IN FORESTRY DEGREE},
series = {6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN14 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-0557-3},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {7-9 July, 2014},
year = {2014},
pages = {701-707}}
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AU - R. Bernabéu Cañete AU - F.R. López Serrano AU - M. Andrés Abellán AU - O. Botella Miralles AU - M.A. Copete Carreño AU - M.E. Lucas Borja AU - E. Martinez-García AU - J.A. Monreal Montoya AU - L. Pulido García AU - M. Selva Denia AU - J. Villén Altamirano AU - F.A. García Morote AU - D. Moya
TI - ANALYSIS OF RUBRIC ASSESSMENT APPLIED TO TWO CROSS-CURRICULAR COMPETENCIES IN FORESTRY DEGREE
SN - 978-84-617-0557-3/2340-1117
PY - 2014
Y1 - 7-9 July, 2014
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN14 Proceedings
SP - 701
EP - 707
ER -
R. Bernabéu Cañete, F.R. López Serrano, M. Andrés Abellán, O. Botella Miralles, M.A. Copete Carreño, M.E. Lucas Borja, E. Martinez-García, J.A. Monreal Montoya, L. Pulido García, M. Selva Denia, J. Villén Altamirano, F.A. García Morote, D. Moya (2014) ANALYSIS OF RUBRIC ASSESSMENT APPLIED TO TWO CROSS-CURRICULAR COMPETENCIES IN FORESTRY DEGREE, EDULEARN14 Proceedings, pp. 701-707.
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