Valuing peer criticism as well as teacher feedback
As I’m completing my work on a final project in a U of MN course centered around teaching digital writing, I’ve begun by constructing a rubric on how student work might be graded for a project centered around the production of individual/group videos using iMovie or Windows Media Maker. Find the rubric here. As you can see, there is as much emphasis on the post-production reflection as there is on the actual creation of an individual film. Similarly, student feedback among peers is greatly valued over the more mundane tasks of timely completion and successful embedding of videos.
For this project, students will receive traditional feedback from their teacher, as demonstrated in the rubric. Also, the quality of the feedback that they provide to their peers is directly recognized in the rubric, while demonstrating the value of critical audience response as well as opening up the audience from single person (teacher) to a wider group of peers and even open to the general public.