Monthly Archives: July 2014

Rubrics, July 24

Hello again! Instead of our scheduled discussion on MOOCs, I think everyone would benefit more from an assignment on rubrics. Since many of you will teach in these online environments or assign multimodal or blended work, you need an idea of how you will grade such projects. You’ll notice the rubric I am using for our online writing activities: this was designed by one of my classes! I sat back (and facilitated when necessary) a discussion of the important elements of this kind of work, and the entire class had to agree.

But is that a good strategy for you? Perhaps you want to design your own rubric ahead of time, maybe letting your class only tweak certain elements? What does our textbook have to say about grading students?

There is also a movement among educators to stop grading altogether, so you may decide that students can grade themselves or that the rough draft/completion of the project influences the grade more than the quality of such work.

So, for this Thursday’s assignment, I want you to design your own rubric. You can pick and choose from the links below or create something entirely new! Respond to this post with your rubric so that the entire class has access to our ideas in one place. 

Here are some links to get you started:

My rubric from the Writing for New Media class

Cheryl Ball’s Assessing Multimedia (look at the lists on p. 67-68 and p. 75)

Kairos peer-review criteria (scroll down to see the four categories)

IML’s Honors Thesis Project Parameters

Student Anxiety and Correspondence, July 17

For Thursday’s assignment this week, I want you to look up some of the research in this area – you can search in the library databases or Google scholar, for example – and see what people are finding in their classrooms. Journals are also dedicated to this topic such as Distance Education, Computers and Composition, and Innovative Higher Education

Try these links as a starting point:

Effect of Distance Learning on Undergraduate Students
Comparison of Student Achievement in an Online versus F2F Class
Engagement, Excitement, Anxiety, and Fear

Then, consider how you prefer to communicate as both a teacher and student. There are many ways to communicate with students (in both online and blended/hybrid courses) and many ways for students to communicate with one another, so what do you think is the best approach? What is a policy you can adopt as a teacher in terms of correspondence? Think about methods of communication and how often you are willing to use them, particularly for students who need additional help.

Before midnight on Thursday, respond to this post and any replies ahead of you in the Comments.

Methods of communication to consider: Blackboard (discussion forums and Virtual Office Hours/Classroom), Skype, Google Hangout, Adobe Connect, email, text, and Twitter