assessment

Keywords: multimedia, assessment
Assessment of multimedia composing is a very young discipline. Resources here capture how we might re-refashion our learning expectations and criteria for composing- in both traditional and multimedia settings.
We have assembled this collection so that teachers may know the territory of machine scoring writing and, when and if their school system considers adopting one of these machine-reading services, they may act appropriately. We believe ourselves that machine-scoring fundamentally alters the social and rhetorical nature of writing—that writing to a machine is not writing at all.
CC-2560951576_b15f9125cf_m.jpg In this study, Anne Herrington and Sarah Stanley review a computer program designed to 'read’ and respond to student writing. They focus on the ideology of language that drives the program and find that the program “enacts an arhetorical view of writing, a homogeneous view of English as a single-standard dialect, and an error-focused...
CC-5329133932_40915faf65_m-2_0.jpg In this essay, Beth Ann Rothermel describes the heavy marketing of machine-reading programs to K-12 administrators and teachers. She argues that these programs narrow and constrict the work of both writer and teacher. With machine-reading programs, she writes, teaching and learning become "formulaic and asocial." PDF of Rothermel'...
CC-113105623_04d73c049d_m-2.jpg In this essay, Carl Whithaus argues that computers are already involved in our students' writing practice, as spell- and grammar-checkers are part of all word-processing programs. He argues that we should explore the potential of the computer as reader, rather than rejecting it out of hand. He describes one of these programs,...
SorapureKairos.jpg Sorapure, Madeleine. “Between Modes: Assessing Student New Media Compositions.” Kairos 10(2). In a Kairos
 webtext, Madeleine Sorapure suggests that in the assessment of multimodal 
projects we focus on “how students design relations between modes.” Her 
criterion: “productive tension between modes.” She uses metaphor and metonymy
 as headings for...
TTNW-200x293_0.jpg Herrington, Anne, Kevin Hodgson, and Charles Moran, eds. 2009. Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press. In this collection, teachers K–13 present specific multimodal composing projects, considering them in light of goals for student learning and challenges of...
In this article posted with permission from the journal Computers and Composition, Kathleen Blake Yancey takes on the question of the assessment of new media compositions.  Beginning with the assumption that “coherence” is a central feature of both print and digital texts, Yancey explores what that means for digital texts, focusing on the kind of relationships that are created among various...
Stacy Johnson-Sorapure.jpg Vincent, John. 2006. “Children Writing: Multimodality and Assessment in the Writing Classroom.” Literacy 40(1): 51-57. In this journal article, John Vincent describes his work with multimodal 
composing in his class of third grade students in Victoria, Australia. As he
 notes, assessment was the difficult piece: there are rubrics for...
Keywords: multimedia, assessment
TroyHicksBook.jpg Hicks, Troy. The Digital Writing Workshop. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2009. Chapter 6: "Enabling Assessment over Time with Digital Writing Tools." As the title suggests, in this book Hicks shows readers how to adapt principles of the writing workshop approach to digital writing. His chapter 6, on assessment, includes formative and summative...

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