Rubrics for the 2nd task

This assignment has four elements. If you leave one or more out I can't give you credit for them. The specification of each element is in a quote box. The annotation follows the quote box. This assignment is worth 60 marks in total.

In terms of word count, it has to be there because this is the way these courses are legislated. The word counts in each section indicate roughly how much attention they need to be given. In the past some people have made movies, others have developed blogs. There has been a wide range of media employed. As I've been saying all along, the simplest way for some of you will be to produce a briefing paper or notes, i.e. text. Don't feel you have to have an all singing and dancing digital show piece. On the other side, if you want to explore new media, make sure you say so as part of your rationale. Most importantly if you are in doubt about any of this: ASK!!!

This assessment draws on your work in the first assignment. Assignment 2 requires you to design, prepare and trial a professional resource which explores the educational aspects and issues that relate to the topic of the scholarly paper. The paper can take a variety of forms. The choice of the format will depend upon the professional needs and interests of the student. The example of one form given here will serve as a basis for professional resources. The format will need to be negotiated with the lecturer for the course.
 A briefing paper for a professional association.
This resource would provide a succinct account of the aspect of digital culture examined in the first assignment and provide a thorough examination of the educational issues and implications for the professional association related to the topic. The resource should then be trialed and the feedback from the trial used to refine the resource.

You are the student mentioned above. The resource is for teachers, or parents or other education professionals, not students.

Introduction. The introduction should identify the aspect of digital culture addressed in the resource and its relationship to the professional needs and interests of the student. It should outline the rationale for the resource, its audience, and the circumstances for its trial. It should briefly describe the trialing of the resource and the use made of the feedback obtained. (500 words)

This is for me. I need to know what the resource is about, for whom it is intended and why. I also need to read about how you got feedback, a brief account of the main, useful bits you got and how it helped you rejig the resource/rework the design. Write it in a conversational style. You are trying to tell me something, not impress with me with how well you have mastered academic style. OK?

Be sure to be clear about the audience of your resource. I have to assume or pretend to be in that audience in order to make sense of it. If I don't know who the audience is then that makes my task nigh on impossible.

This is not a literature review. You can of course write about the key ideas you are trying to convey in the resource but that should be pretty obvious from the resource. So. This part is for me. The what, the why, the who for. The why is really important. I want to see how this fits into your thinking in your professional space, i.e. that maybe you have done a bit of thinking as a result of putting up with me for 12 weeks :).

The resource. The resource should be seen as a means of informing or improving the understandings of a target group of professionals about the educational significance, and implications of the aspect of digital culture which has been researched. The resource needs to be responsive to the predispositions of the target group so they are well placed to make decisions about the educational implications of the particular aspect of digital culture. You don't have to be an advocate for the aspect of the digital you have chosen. Giving your audience as balanced a view as possible will always be appreciated. The field in which we are working has a long history of over-selling and under-delivering. You don't need to add to that! (2200 word equivalent)

This will be judged on how well you get your idea across to your intended audience. I will have to imagine myself to be a time-poor teacher of X or Principal of a school or professional association of Y and ask myself, why would I want to read this? Is it speaking to something I need to pay attention to or know about etc. This is why there is all that material about design in the notes for this task. If you are writing some kind of briefing paper then academic style is probably the least affective approach to most professional audiences. Look at how good authors write popular accounts of complex ideas. They most often tell stories, good ones, powerful ones, ones that set the tone and scene, that make the reader want to know more. They don't begin with: This is a resource for …. teachers … who are teaching …. to grade …

Reference list detailing all references used in the assignment. (Not included as part of the word count)


This should be part of the resource, i.e. for those of your audience interested in where you got your ideas from. I also would like to see it as well.

Integration into the course Wiki. A brief summary of the resource, its purpose, target audience and scope has to be integrated into the Wiki. (300 word equivalent)

You can pop this on the same page as your other entry. If your resource has some or all of tis components online then pop a link to it in the entry.