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Integrating multimedia work into assessment
How can we usefully integrate and assess multimedia work in a course?
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6 November 2009
The use of podcasts, Webcasts and streamed video is fast becoming commonplace in our courses, alongside the more traditional CD- or DVD- delivered elements. Some of us are actually producing our own objects using, often, demo versions of software or open source tools. Looking to the bigger picture beyond course production, I think it's safe to say that students would profit from being able to develop the types of skills we're now developing through this sort of work.
So: what about getting our students to use these media to communicate their ideas and understandings, that is, what about integrating multimedia work into assessment?
These are some questions that come to mind:
In what ways can we usefully teach students to create their own multimedia objects?
What is involved (conceptually and in practice) in assessing these objects?
How can this type of work be integrated with other work in a course?
Is it possible to create a basic framework that can be adapted to the requirements of different disciplines?
An attempt at addressing these questions is currently taking place in the development of the new Computing & ICT course TU100 . At the moment, there's a forthcoming D2 of a course unit teaching students how to prepare multimedia, using a framework that could potentially be adapted to any discipline and 'format' (another area of questioning I might have included in the list above), and discussion is ongoing on the related assessment, but I thought it would be interesting to invite other people's views!
OK, extra content ... The First Take of the video that's being used in the course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8us6hUU8WRg (with the disclaimer that this is only an illustration to work alongside the teaching text and it needs work ;-)
15:31 on 6 November 2009 (Edited 15:33 on 6 November 2009)