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Matthew Hunter, Filippo A. Salustri

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In this paper the authors explore the use of rubrics for the evaluation of collaborations and its agents in both academic and practical settings. Rubrics are subjective scoring guides used for the quick evaluation of the characteristics of a concept based on a range of criteria. A comparative analysis of these rubrics suggest that collaborations and the collaborators are inconsistently evaluated based on the current design of these metrics. This inconsistency is captured through the choice of characteristics pertaining to collaboration, the use of these characteristics across rubrics designed for evaluating collaboration, the criteria pertaining to each characteristic, and the distribution of this range of criteria. This inconsistency misinforms the collaborators, misdirects the collaboration, distracts from appreciating the possibilities of collaboration through its involvement and transference of its lessons. It is suggested that the source of this error extends from an inconsistency in the understanding of collaboration and of the behaviours and attitudes expected of the collaborator. It is further suggested that value systems underlie one's attitudes toward collaboration, including which collaborative behaviours are viewed favourably, and a better understanding of the underlying values will help address the above-noted inconsistencies. An alternate rubric design will be proposed which will reflect a short list of favourable behaviours and attitudes pertaining to the value system of collaboration. The aim is to at least capture the context in which only a collaboration can exist, or at least, its opponents cannot. As opposed to the current designs for collaboration rubrics, it is believed that this alternative design will enable the evaluator to capture the presence of a collaboration and the strength of its agents. In addition, it will provide an appropriate direction and guidance in areas pertaining to collaboration, its related technologies, and this provides the opportunity for further exploration of collaborative activities, its benefits, and challenges.