A Programmatic Ecology of Assessment: Using a Common Rubric to Evaluate Multimodal Processes and Artifacts
Rebecca E. Burnett, Andy Frazee, Georgia Institute of Technology ; Kathleen Hanggi, Doane College ; Amanda Madden, Georgia Institute of Technology
Computers and Composition Volume 31, Number 1, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Rubrics are important assessment tools and can play a critical role in relation to workload, programmatic consistency, and multimodality. Teachers need supporting tools for multimodal assessment. Multimodal composition curricula can productively use programmatic rubrics when those rubrics are part of an ecology of assessment that prioritizes feedback and adaptation. Addressing factors of value, environment, and scale, an ecology of assessment can use rubrics as a normal part of a writing and communication program, while nonetheless acknowledging that rubrics can be sterile, artificial, and oversimplified. After discussing a rationale for rubrics and the ways in which a programmatic rubric can be adapted, a specific case study illustrates the application of a programmatic rubric for the design, development, and assessment of a game project in a first-year English composition class. The article concludes by speculating about directions for research and pedagogy to strengthen multimodal assessment.
Burnett, R.E., Frazee, A., Hanggi, K. & Madden, A. (2014). A Programmatic Ecology of Assessment: Using a Common Rubric to Evaluate Multimodal Processes and Artifacts. Computers and Composition, 31(1), 53-66. Elsevier Ltd.