Evaluation rubrics are a key aspect in the integrity and effectiveness of the IDEC Abstract Review process. But they are a tool to those submitted an abstract just as they are a tool for the Reviewers. Those submission for a Regional Meeting or the Annual Conference should consider the rubric when they are building the abstract in order to ensure alignment with the content and the evaluation criteria.

View rubric here.


The abstract topic is relevant to the discipline of interior design.
0 = no relevance; 5 = significant relevance to interior design

Teaching Issue/Problem

The author clearly identifies the problem (questions), project intent, curriculum development, or pedagogical issue at hand.
0 = topic is not stated; 5 = topic is relevant and exceptionally articulated


The author clearly places the problem (questions), project intent, curriculum development, or pedagogical issue within a context supported by others works, literature or precedents.
0 = no context provided; 5 = context is appropriate and relevant

Instructional Methods

The abstract presents the process of development and/or instructional methods.
0 = method/process of development is missing or inappropriate; 5 = method/process of development is appropriate and exceptionally articulated

Teaching/Learning Outcomes

The pedagogical/curricular conclusions are presented.
0 = conclusions are missing; 5 = conclusions are meaningful

Significance of presentation

The work provides insight or advances teaching and learning pedagogy for the discipline.
0 = does not advance or provide insight for teaching/learning pedagogy; 5 = advances or provides insight teaching/learning pedagogy

In addition to the categories above, the reviewer is asked to make a recommendation regarding acceptance.