Overall Assessment Strategies
Instructors who are not used to creating new media have a difficult time assessing media created by others. And without a practical, meaningful way to assess it, they are understandably reluctant to require students to develop it as part of a course curriculum.
Over the years I have helped many instructors explore and develop new media assessment strategies. Typically they develop assessment traits that are both personal and professional, speaking to both their emerging understanding of how new media works, as well as their desire to retain familiar approaches to assessment. Visit my Web site for a discussion of many new media assessment traits developed by transitioning faculty.
An instructive place to start the journey into media assessment is by using “media grammar for non-technicians.” Media grammar addresses grammatical infractions that impede clear communication in a media production – think of them as new media’s “the run-ons, fragments, and dangling modifiers.” One does not need to be technology savvy to see them and provide helpful feedback about them. Read more about media grammar and assessment on my Web site.