What do you consider during the production process to better insure that your digital story effectively communicates or educates? As you are producing your digital story, be cognizant of those aspects of the production process that are of central concern to you and your group members. There are issues that relate principles of visual design (composition) and/or multimodal rhetoric to critical as well as educational dimensions.
As you develop an authentic approach to assessing your digital story, consider the models from the Callow article. Also consider Anstey and Bull (2006, table 8). Use these complementary articles to identify those aspects of the production process that are most significant to the production of your digital story.
The design of your assessment should indicate the nature of the self-assessment process; it is a constant back and forth between the objective criteria of digital storytelling (across the affective, compositional, critical and educational domains) and the actual experiences you will have producing your digital story.
Author statement(s) about your multimodal composition that answer these questions:
- What are you trying to achieve as a form of communication or as an educational text?
- What components emerges as the focus of the design and production process?
Base your statement(s) on all the areas that we have been studying from multimodal literacy such as the aspects of photographic design and multimodal semiotics.
Because our digital stories are videographic, there is a layering of audio, textual, visual, and gestural information. Consider how you are using these different modalities, independently and together to construct a meaningful digital story.
There should be at least one statement for each of the four dimensions:
Callo suggests the first three dimensions listed above. I’ve added the fourth. Are there others dimensions of assessment that you think to add?
From the statement(s) about your multimodal composition, identify for your own project (with the help of the Callow structure):
- Features to assess: (Aspects of the design and/or production process that have been a focus of you digital storytelling process);
- Assessment questions or statements: (A way of describing the feature to be assessed in the form of a guiding question or statement);
- Performance indicators: (Evidence of the feature from your script, storyboard or digital story that you can assess);
- Levels of performance: (A scale, perhaps a Likert scale, describing with details levels of performance for each feature chosen for assessment).
Description and discussion of digital Storytelling & Assessment