Rubrics for 1st task

To quote from Wikipedia:

A scoring rubric is an attempt to communicate expectations of quality around a task. In many cases, scoring rubrics are used to delineate consistent criteria for grading. Because the criteria are public, a scoring rubric allows teachers and students alike to evaluate criteria, which can be complex and subjective

Word limits are indicative. They represent a what we think is a minimum. If you need to write a little more than that, that is not going to cause problems. The main thing with any writing task is to work on your expression and, given it is a scholarly essay, that you follow the formatting requirements of the School, i.e. APA 6th.


This assignment has three elements. If you leave one or more out you won't receive credit for them. The specification of each element is in a quote box. The annotation follows. This assignment is worth 40 marks in total.

A statement of the aspect of digital culture that is the focus of the paper and its relation to their professional interests. This statement should identify the key ideas and summarise the relationship with the student’s professional interests (200 words).

Try and be specific and clear. You ought to be able to tell an interested colleague about your topic and they understand it easily. So there are two things here: the aspect you have chosen and how it connects to your own professional interests. In here you need to have a summary of the key ideas that you will elaborate in the rest of the paper. You could think of it serving the purpose of an abstract if you like. Remember that this paper will serve as a background paper for the resource you will put together for the 2nd task. While the exact nature of the 2nd task will likely change as you work on it after this paper, it would help to give an indication of what you are thinking about here. You don't have a lot of words!

Marks: 8
Is the topic chosen clearly spelt out. Is it a manageable topic in terms of size, i.e. computer games in education is a ridiculously large topic (a few dozen PhD's worth), whereas something like, the use of computer games to encourage computational thinking in girls studying the early history of Australia in the middle years of schooling, is much tighter. Is the connection between the topic and your professional interests clearly made?


A synthesis of the literature and resources that relate to the topic. The synthesis should include a mapping of the key research questions, the influential thinkers and sites that are associated with the topic. It should also include a brief history of the topic and indicate the directions of contemporary research. The paper should include a reference list of all sources used in the paper. (Not included in the word count) (1600 words)

All ideas and practices have origins or beginnings. It will help the reader get a better sense of your topic if you can trace something of its history. As we have seen in the readings, a lot of the educational ideas associated with using computers has not changed much at all since the early days. It's only the computing and related technologies that have. What has been the focus of the topic you have chosen? What was the problem it was trying to solve? What are the questions being asked? Who appear to be the influential thinkers/researchers? Remember you are telling a story. You want to ease the reader into an understanding of your focus of interest.

Marks: 26
Synthesis (16): How well did the paper draw together the key papers/resources. Is it simply a list of ideas or is there an attempt to synthesise the work that has taken place?
Structure and logic of the paper (6): Is the paper well written? Does it follow the conventions of good scholarly writing1?
Referencing (4). Was APA 6th referencing style used in the in-text referencing and in the formatting of the bibliography?


A short contribution to the course Wiki which integrates the topic into the existing resources on the Wiki, including a summary of the synthesis and a final version of the document.(200 word equivalent)

Marks: 6
You need to be able to edit the Wiki to do this. I can help if you get stuck. It is not difficult. But in order to edit the Wiki you need to have accepted the invitation to join. The summary will include the topic and your interest in it and the key ideas that have come from your synthesis. You can include the entire paper on a separate page if you wish. Integration into the Wiki means making links to other pages in the Wiki. You can easily search the Wiki2 to look for terms related to your work. You link to a page using syntax like this:

  [[[the-page-link-in-the-wiki | your text]]]

For example, if you look in the URL bar of your browser you'll notice that the text after the / is: tn-rubrics-1 That is the-page-link-in-the-wiki for this page.