DMA Resources for Faculty

Grading Digital Media Assignments

Digital media assignments can be challenging to assess, especially if students are working in a group. The following is a list of suggestions to consider in the development of a grading rubric.

  • Identify key course learning objectives, learning outcomes, and skills that are developed through the digital media assignment.
  • If applicable, determine whether students will receive a group grade, individual grades, or a combination of the two.
  • Solicit feedback from students on how the assignment should be graded.
  • Consider ways to assess projects on the following: clarity of ideas and details, overall organization, effective use of language, voice and audience, and technical competence.
  • Identify logical phases for the development of the assignment (i.e., storyboarding, script writing, rough draft, critique and feedback, and final due date).
  • Provide and/or facilitate feedback sessions for projects at each phase of the assignment.
  • Evaluate the quality of the resulting media by reviewing items such as length, pacing, appropriate use of visual and/or aural transitions, clean edits, and video quality.
  • Consider the use of journals and team feedback for student reflection on the assignment to assess the collaborative creative process.
  • Grade the process used in the creation of the digital media assignment, as well as the product itself.

Examples of Grading Rubrics