Workshop on Development of Grading Rubrics for Essay-type Assignments and for In-class Discussion

Workshop on Development of Grading Rubrics for Essay-type Assignments and for In-class Discussion

Speaker: Professor Chun Ka Wai Cecilia, Director, Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research
Date: 26 February 2018 (Monday)
Language: English


This is a follow-on workshop of a GE Lunch Seminar conducted by the same speaker in December 2017 on the topic of criterion-referencing and devising grade descriptors for implementation of the outcome-based approach (OBA) to assessment.  

In line with the revised University Assessment Policy approved by the Senate in December 2016 for implementation with effect from 2017-18, the outcome-based approach (OBA), accompanied by criterion-referencing and grade descriptors, should be in place for course assessment across the University from the 2017-18 academic year. The Senate Committee on General Education (SCGE) reckons that more lead time is need for all GE courses to develop suitable grade descriptors and grading rubrics to support effective implementation of criterion-referencing, and thus approves that a mixed model of criterion-referencing and norm-referencing would be adopted during the interim year of 2017-18. To pave the way for full implementation of criterion-referencing in General Education (GE) from 2018-19, teaching units and Colleges are invited to develop grade descriptors for all existing GE courses.

About this GE Lunch Seminar

The speaker will first briefly outline the general background of OBA and criterion-referencing at CUHK, and recap the various factors to be considered in devising suitable grade descriptors for different types of assessment components with reference to some samples. The speaker will also share her thoughts and experience in handling mark-grade conversion and assignment of weighs when more than one assessment component is adopted in the course.  The bulk of this workshop will focus on devising grading rubrics for essay-type assignments in a course.  For a more effective dialogue, there will be hands-on exercises and the discussion shall base on the specific assessment regimes adopted by the participants in their own courses.  To allow some lead time for prior-preparation by the speaker, colleagues joining the workshop are most welcome to provide their course syllabi, intended learning outcomes and assessment regime to Mr. Andy Heung (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; tel: 3943-8625), Project Coordinator of the Office of University General Education (OUGE) by 14 February 2018. Colleagues are also welcome to advise OUGE in advance relevant topics of discussion they wish to be covered at the workshop.

Speaker's Bio

Upon obtaining a B.A. degree in English, Professor Chun Ka Wai Cecilia worked as a school teacher of English. Then, she worked as a Teaching Consultant in the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong for 11 years. In 1994, she joined the Faculty of Education of CUHK as a lecturer, then assistant professor and associate professor.

At CUHK, Professor Chun was the co-ordinator of a double-degree programme in English language education. She served as the Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) and Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty of Education.

Professor Chun has over 30 years’ experience in teacher education, working with teachers of various levels of schooling on local and non-local initial teacher education and continuing professional development programmes. Her research interests include second language reading, using English as a medium of learning, English across the curriculum, academic literacy in a second language, pedagogical content knowledge of teachers of English and second language teacher education.

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