A common question that we get with regard to technology projects is "how do I grade it?" The 21st-century communication and collaboration skills which are used with most technology based projects are, in many ways, real-world problem-solving skills. The standard, multiple-choice type tests simply are not going to be able to assess students' learning. Instead of thinking of the assessment itself as the measurement, we are going to need to examine our students' performances of understanding. In other words, the assessment is the tool through which we can gauge how much our students have learned.
Performance is most often viewed in the form of formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment is ongoing and provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning. It not only helps to monitor student progress throughout an activity, but can also gauge student understanding and readiness to proceed to further tasks. Summative assessment focuses on a particular point in time-- often at the conclusion of an activity. Both types of assessments are valuable tools when designing tasks to demonstrate mastery or understanding.
Rubrics to Measure Student Learning
Providing detailed explanations of an assignment using an online rubric, such as Rubistar or Digial Media Scoring Guides, can assist students in both completing tasks and improving future performance. Online rubric tools allow teachers to create rubrics quickly with a greater level of feedback, allowing for student interaction in the process. Also, online rubrics can easily be shared amongst teachers in schools and saved or modified for future assignments.
Fundamentally, assessing multimedia projects is no different from assessing a traditional project, writing assignment or presentation. The primary difference between traditional assessment and assessing multimedia projects created with technology and web 2.0 tools is that one must consider the unique features and possibilities associated with a specific medium. A podcast for example has a unique set of possibilities that are entirely different from a wiki, whereas, a wiki would have a completely different set of expectations and requirements when compared to a student video project.
When assessing student work created with technology, it is important to consider the learning curve that is typically associated with using a new technology. Also, there is the dual consideration of assessing the process and the product. Where the first podcast product may be somewhat lacking in refinement, the process used by the student group may have been exceptional. As the year progresses, the expectations for both the process and the product may become more demanding as the students become more comfortable with the particular technology platform.
General Multimedia Assessment Tools
- Rubistar - create your own customized rubrics.
- Multimedia Mania Student Checklist - students can use this checklist before submitting their work.
- Multimedia Rubric - a project rubric that could be applied to a variety of projects.
- Creating a Rubric - Tutorial - complete with templates, this site walks you through the process of creating project rubrics.
- Organized Assessment - links to rubrics from a variety of sources
Assessing Student Blogging
- The Chronicle of Higher Education - A Rubric for Assessing Student Blogs
- Konrad Glogowski - Towards Reflective Blog Talk
- Konrad Glogowski - How to Grow a Blog
- Resources from the Digitally Speaking Wiki
- University of Wisconsin-Stout: A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs
- Various Blogging Rubrics
- The University of Wisconsin-Stout: Wiki Rubric
- Digitally Speaking Wiki
- Various Wiki Rubrics
- Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Group Project Web Page Rubric
- Galileo Education Network - Website Rubric
- Website Evaluation Rubric
- Website Design Rubric
Assessing Voicethread Projects
- Educause Learning Initiative: 7 Things You Should Know About Voicethread
- Bill Ferriter Blog Post: Scoring Voicethread Participation
- Penn State: Advice for Using Rubrics with Voicethread
- Digitally Speaking: Assessing Voicethread Participation
- Various Voicethread Rubrics
- ISTE Educator's Podcast Guide
- Kathy Schrock's Guide For Educators: What Makes a Good Podcast?
- Blooms Digital Taxonomy: Publishing - Podcast Rubric
- Various Podcast Rubrics
Assessing Video Projects
- University of Wisconsin-Stout: Video Rubric
- Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Camera Work Rubric and Digital Video Assignment Sheet & Evaluation Rubric
- Video Movie Assignment Rubric
- Digital Video Project Rubric
- Video Production Rubric
- KQED Education Network - Media Making Rubric: Video / Slideshow