Assessment Assessment of student assignments in new media Assessment of new media created by students gives the students and lecturers feedback on their work. Assessment of new media assignments and projects determines that the student has met the aims and learning objectives. For more information on aims and learning objectives associated with new media, visit the assignment page.

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Information Assessment types

Student media may be assessed in one or a combination of the following ways:
  • By lecturer/tutor
  • By peer review
  • By public review

Assessment A. Lecturer assessment

The assessment should be based on the learning objectives stated in the project’s aims and descriptions. It is useful to have specific marking criteria. Examples of specific marking criteria may be:
  • Introduction – are the project’s name, author/s and aim clearly stated
  • Content – is the concept explained in easy-to-understand and relevant format
  • Conclusion – has the project’s findings been summarised clearly and relevant references provided
  • Technical – has the student demonstrated relevant technical knowledge and ability
  • Creativity – has the student produced an interesting/engaging/creative piece of work

An example assessment protocol is available here:

Assessment Group assessment

Many media assignments are completed by groups or teams of students working together. Student mat be assessed as a group which can save time. Group marks may be assigned to the group as a whole or to individuals within the team. Some forms of media eg. wiki clearly demonstrate the individual's contribution to the assignment but in media where students have differing roles or contribution is not apparent, it can help to have feedback from the students themselves.
Further information about assessments is available in the links section at the foot of this page.

Assessment B. Peer assessment

Students can review and assess one another’s work by leaving comments (common on blog pages) and/or giving ratings, either directly on the media site or in a more formal process in which assessments are submitted to their lecturer.

An example of peer assessment is available here:

When students assess a peer's work, they can use the same criteria that they employ in evaluating any web resource. For example, how reliable do they feel that the information presented is, and how can they tell? Here is a link to a web page that provides a fairly comprehensive overview: Evaluating Internet Research Sources, Virtual Salt, by Robert Harris.

Assessment C. Public review

If the new media created is made available to the public, several forms of assessment may be made:
  • Ratings (common on blog posts and videos)
  • Comments (common on blog posts, podcasts and videos)
  • Page visitors
  • Website hits
The ability to use these will depend on the host site that you are using. You may also have the ability to turn ratings and comments on or off depending on your requirements, as well as determining privacy settings.

Links Links to assessment information

Assessing digital creativity - Matthew Allan, ALTC Fellow on digitally networked learning:

Assessment resource list Studio Teaching Project
Assessment for learning UNSW
Assessment futures UTS
Assessing group work in media Australian Learning & Teaching Council
Assessing group tasks University of Queensland
Assessing group work Centre Study Higher Education
Web 2 assessment resources Using social web (Web 2.0) activities for student assessment

Peerwise - is a well-designed and easy to use site enabling students to create, share, evaluate, and discuss multiple-choice questions. It is worth a try, even if you are not that tech savvy, as it is such a pedagogically effective approach.