June 2

Reflections Blog Post Grading Rubric

Blog posts are graded on a 0 – 4 point scale according to the Reflections Blog Post Grading Rubric presented below. Note that both the Post Field and the Subject Line figure into the quality score the post receives.

  1. Student Self-Evaluations: Every post you submit to your blog (new posts and comments) should end with the quality score (0 – 4 points) you think your post deserves. Place your self-evaluation score in parentheses at the end – like this (4).
  2. Professor Evaluations: I will record the official 0 – 4 point value for each blog post (up to the maximum of 12 per student) as I read it. At the conclusion of each module, I will update your gradebook with your final grade on each blog activity, and provide you with a record of how many posts you submitted and your total quality score.



Grading Criteria


Excellent (A)

The blog post is posted on time and responds to the questions that guide the specific blog assignment in the course. The post is thoughtful, original, relevant, and provides insight to your learning and your engagement with your classmates, the activities, and course content. It also provides feedback and suggestions on how and what would improve the course and your own learning. Four point posts are reflections on your learning process in the course and that also reflect, apply, report, explain, defend, refute, question, self-assess, summarize, synthesize, and analyze your engagement with course content and as a member of our class community. Four point posts make your thinking and learning visible, are supported by specific references from course discussions, the course manual, the presentations, the courses for observation/interviews, course readings, diigo resources and/or external sources and also incorporate specific suggestions on how the course and your learning might be improved. Any references, links, and citations are bookmarked, highlighted, tagged, and commented on in our diigo shared references group. The post is tagged with the module from the course with which it is associate, is self-evaluated, and has a meaningful title.


Above Average (B)

The blog post lacks at least one of the above qualities, but is above average in quality. A three point post makes a significant contribution to our understanding of you, your learning process, your feedback, and your thinking about the course content.


Average (C)

The blog post lacks two or three of the required qualities. Comments that are based upon personal opinion or personal experience often fall within this category.


Minimal (D)

The blog post presents little or no reflection or insight. However, one point comments may provide important social presence and contribute to a sense of class community. Supportive comments often fall within this category.


Unacceptable (F)

The blog post adds no value to our understanding of you, your learning process, your feedback, or your thinking about the course content.

Subject Line

No penalty

The post title is a complete sentence and conveys the main point of the post. The reader clearly understands the main point of the post before reading it.


Minor problem with subject line

The post title provides key word(s) only. The reader knows the general area that the post deals with.


Major problem with subject line

The post title provides little or no information about the post.

The Reflections Blog Grading Scale

Blog Grade

Total Quality Points

Additional Requirement



At least eight 4-point ratings.



At least four 4-point ratings.



At least four 3 or 4-point ratings.



At least four 2, 3, or 4-point ratings.










Adapted with permission from Bill Pelz’ discussion rating rubric.