This is a different approach to course work marking that I have not come across before. I found it really interesting to discuss as a group what we thought would be the best way to mark a project that was a ‘Pass‘ and what my sub-group called a ‘Pass +‘. I suppose it really made us focus on what is important. The task was completed by creating posters with post-it notes of the group ideas for each criteria.
We began by generating ideas for a minimal pass.
Minimum of one paragraph (50 words) when evaluating resources
Website must have a minimum of 3 pages
Clear Navigation for the website – locate content easily
Website must have basic functionality i.e. links work, images display including alt text
Usability and accessibility should be discussed in design documentation
Needs a minimum of 3 sources to external content
Must include a link to your PLN
Show a basic understanding of your chosen subject area
At least a paragraph for your personal evaluation
Then we looked at what criteria we thought would be needed for a ‘Pass Plus‘
Must achieve all of Pass criteria plus the following:
Include an assessment feature in your website
Offer feedback from assessment – Include a user feedback section for yourself
Use a wide range of resources
Include an extended description of the resources you have used with supporting reason for selection
The visual appearance of the website – appropriate use of images and text with white space to make reading easier – use of sub-categories to make learning more focused and simpler by breaking large ideas into smaller subsets.
Use of appropriate in page referencing were required
Show a higher level of understanding of your chosen subject matter.
Include an extensive personal evaluation of the project, including a critique
A review of these features of the marking scheme for this project will take place in a tutorial today (14/11/2011) and hopefully the final version of the marking scheme will follow this. As a group we felt it was extremely important that all students achieve pass even if their web building skills are low. This can be achieved through the use of project idea discussion in the form of a prototype. Provided the student can describe clearly with the use of diagrams and text the purpose of the site and the key features then a basic website with links to external resources would be adequate.
It must be stressed that this was a group effort and a second set of posters were created which I will attempt to summarize in due course.
I plan to publish the full marking criteria on this PLN and a copy of my completed design documentation for peer review.