The Communication Abilities Rubric assesses areas of physical and vocal delivery. Instructors and students have not fully understood the categories in the rubric. As an innovative approach, my Com230H section did a media project breaking down each element of the rubric into video. I allowed for flexibility with strict guidelines to ensure all disciplines and communication research was covered. Next, 18 students assessed themselves 3x for 3 group presentations. The assessments were as follows: 1st time with evaluation form only, 2nd time was with evaluation and rubric, and final time was after watching the attached video created by COM230H students. Comparisons of the student participants in the project and those not in it in were analyzed. Data concluded students rated themselves much higher not knowing what the categories meant in comparison with when they read it or watched the video. The more they learned about the category, the more they actually analyzed communication abilities showing critical thinking and learning improved.
This is SO great! I love how students were able to truly reflect on the rubric and be able to give honest feedback about their communication skills. I love the video and will use this video in my differential equations course this semester. Thank you for taking so much time with your students to create this.
Cheri, This is such a creative way for the students to learn and improve on their communication skills. It definitely shows building of critical thinking skills. What a great project for the students to create the videos! Thank you for sharing. Smiles, Olga
Cheri, this is excellent! From a local view, you as a teacher truly helped your students to improve, and your data shows it. But from a more global perspective, I can see this being used whenever the Communication Assessment is implemented in our assessment cycle. I hope you will consider letting SAAC adopt this and use it in the future! One more thing: I absolutely love how empowered your students.
Great way to incorporate the communication rubric! This gave your students multiply opportunities to learn through critical thinking skills.
Great idea! I really like getting students involved with the rubrics. I am wondering if the activitiy impacted Physical delivery more than Vocal delivery or vise versa. I don't know if there is enough data, but it would be great see if this activity impacted a specific learning outcome more than the another.
Hi Cheri -
Wow! And I have invested so much energy and red ink trying to get students to present information in a more professional (or at least sophisticated) manner. I'm motivated now to make my own video on scientific writing and presentation. Congratulations and thank you for sharing such a splendid CATS!
Excellent job. I especially love the video!
Excellent idea, and one that's transferrable to and usable in many courses. --Ben