In this section, you’ll find easily adaptable tools, rubrics, and activities that can be used to assess various assignments, projects, or modules using the SLS model. If you have questions or want to share tools that you’ve developed, feel free to email the Academic Assessment Manager, Carol Thurman.


Co-Curricular Reflection Tool

This tool provides instructors with a focused reflective activity that asks students to make connections between their course and a co-curricular experience. Reflection related to co-curricular events gives students time and space to critically examine their experience and understand its relevance to their learning in class. The reflection questions provided focus on sustainability, individual actions, and community engagement; they may be adapted as needed to suit individual course objectives.

Three Rubrics

This tool is designed to introduce instructors to a variety of rubrics. Rubrics are designed to assess student work. However, there are many types of rubrics, each of which is useful for different assignments and goals of assessment. It’s important to consider the assignment that you are assessing as well as what type of learning you are assessing when choosing the appropriate rubric type. 

Assorted Rubrics

The Assorted Rubrics Tool provides a series of rubrics that assess Written Assignments, Group/Team Presentations, and Technical Reports. Instructors can also use these rubrics to assess appropriate Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), relevant to their partnership with Serve-Learn-Sustain. The following rubrics are adaptable for various types of assignments or projects you may have in your course.

For written assignments, the Written Assignments Rubric is useful for focusing on aspects such as rhetorical awareness, stance, development of ideas, and organization. Additionally, we’ve included 3-4 SLOs that are most common in written assignments; however, any of the nine SLOs included on the SOLO Taxonomy Rubric may be assessed.

Community Engagement Reflection

The Community Engagement Reflection Activity is a series of reflective activities that instructors can use to measure changes in student knowledge before, during, and after a community engagement experience. Reflection related to a service learning or community engagement experience gives students time and space to critically reflect on their experience and understand its relevance to their learning in class. 

Concept Maps

This tool provides an overview of concept maps, and how to use them. Concept maps (CMaps) are diagrams that represent organized knowledge. They are a useful tool for assessing student knowledge over the course of a project, module, or course. You can also utilize concept maps as a pre- and post-assessment activity to test student knowledge regarding a specific topic or skill.

SOLO Taxonomy Rubric

The SOLO (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes) Taxonomy Rubric is a rubric adapted by Serve-Learn-Sustain to assess Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed to assess sustainability knowledge. The rubric can be adapted to assess any of the eight SLOs that instructors can use when partnering with SLS for their affiliated courses. 

This rubric is intended to be adaptable for each instructor’s use. Most projects or assignments will utilize three or four SLOs at most. Choose the SLOs that are most pertinent to your assignments or projects when utilizing this rubric.