Rubric for assessing Concept Maps
|Identification of concepts||Map identifies the important concepts and provides evidence of understanding of knowledge domain on multiple levels||Map includes most important concepts and provides evidence of understanding knowledge domain on some levels||Map includes some of the Important concepts provides evidence of understanding knowledge domain on limited or one domain||Map includes few concepts with most important concepts missing and limited or non-existent evidence of understanding knowledge domain|
|Interconnectivity among concepts||Evidence of understanding relationships and how all concepts are interlinked with many other concepts||Evidence of understanding of most relationships and how most concepts are interlinked with other concepts||Evidence of understanding of some relationships and how some concepts are linked to other concepts||Evidence of understanding of few relationships and how limited number of concepts are linked to other concepts|
|Descriptive connectivity of links||Succinct and accurate description of all relationships through links||Proficient and mostly accurate description of most relationships through most links||Often clear and sometimes accurate description of some relationships through some of the links||Vague and partially accurate description of most relationships through most of the links|
|Efficiency of links||Each link is distinct from all others, concisely describes relationship and is used consistently throughout the map||Most links are distinct from others, considerably describe most relationships, and is used mostly consistently throughout the map.||Some links are distinct from others, moderately describe some relationships, and are used with some or limited consistency throughout the map||Most links are not distinct but rather synonymous to each other, describe vaguely any relationships, and are used with no consistency throughout the map.|
|Evidence of hierarchical organization and use of examples||All concepts are organized hierarchically with clarity and with extensive number of relevant examples and links||Most concepts are organized in hierarchical order with considerable clarity and with substantial number of examples and links provided||Some concepts are organized in hierarchical order with fair with moderate number of examples and links||Limited concepts are organized hierarchical or none at all, and there is a limited number of examples and links provided|
|Critical thinking and communication||Map provides evidence of complex and sophisticated critical thinking; most appropriate selection of type of concept map that allows for exceptional level of understanding||Map provides some evidence of mostly complex and substantial critical thinking; appropriate selection of concept map that allows for proficient level of understanding||Map provides evidence of moderate critical thinking; the concept map selected allows for moderate level of understanding||Map provides evidence of limited critical thinking; the type of concept map allows for basic level of understanding|
Adapted from Jennings, D. (2012).