The content aspect of validity in a rubric-based assessment system for course syllabuses

Gregori-Giralt, E. y Menéndez-Varela, J. L. (2021). The content aspect of validity in a rubric-based assessment system for course syllabuses. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 68.

Resumen
The growing trend among universities to promote systems of programme and course evaluation entails more responsibility for faculties and departments. These systems require resources to ensure that they are not only valid and reliable but also effective and sustainable. The design of rubric-based assessment systems may provide a solution, but there is a gap in the research on curriculum evaluation concerning their use and validation. We examine the content aspect of validity in a rubric-based assessment system for course syllabuses using a mixed method that combines an analysis of the agreement among 23 experts with a phenomenographic study. With data gathered through a questionnaire linked to the Delphi technique, content validity indexes were calculated and the experts’ different perspectives were identified. The content validity indexes (greater than .80) met the standards set out in literature, and the qualitative study of the experts’ feedback showed three different perspectives on the system’s use. Beyond providing evidence of the system’s content validity, the study highlights the extent to which it is important to give appropriate consideration to experts’ – and by extension final users’ – experience in order to ensure the successful implementation of rubric-based assessment systems.

Palabras clave: programme evaluation, evaluation methods, rubric, course syllabus.