B. Revise Evaluation Options
There are many ways to assess multimedia activities, including
quizzes, reflections, peer evaluations, presentations, and self
assessments. However, the most common evaluation process takes place
through the use of rubrics. Rubrics are used to evaluate designated
performance criteria with a rating scale. A rubric is a tool designed
to assess student performance. Rubrics can vary in complexity from
a simple checklist to a very complex rating scale or scoring guide.
They are considered an important component in many types of authentic
assessment. Before developing a rubric, you should ask
yourself the following questions:
- What state or national standards does the activity address?
- What knowledge, skills, or concepts should be assessed?
- At what level should my students be performing?
- What criteria should I use to judge students' performance?
After identifying the standards and instructional goals, consider
the qualities that need to be displayed in a student's work to illustrate
proficient or "top-level" performance of these objectives.
Then, make distinctions in the criteria to arrive at scores for
the other levels. Student input into the construction of a rubric
should be encouraged, and the rubrics should be developed and shared
with the students before the multimedia activity begins. That way,
the students know exactly what is required and how they will be