Sample Grading Rubrics for New Media

January 14, 2009

Presented at the 2002 VKP Summer Institute

These three sample grading rubrics highlight emergent issues for the project: the challenges and opportunities faculty face when assessing student-created new media “products.” Some central questions are: What are the the ways in which new media draw attention to visual and conceptual creativity in student work? How can faculty begin to assess both “critical thinking” and “creativity.”

  • The first rubric <rubric-1>s a grid for assessing the overall quality of the stroy being told in a digital stroy and emphasizes such factors as “emotional content,” which tend toward the creativity side of the creative/critical continuum.
  • The second rubric <rubric-2>is an assessment tool adapted from the National Standards for U.S. History. This ruric guides faculty in assessing a digital story by intellectual standards similar to those employed in the assessment of a more traditional historical paper.
  • The third rubric <rubric-3>emphasizes visual literacy and seeks to provide a framework for understanding the sophistication of a student’s use of images in making the argument of their story.

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