How to grade a wiki

[Update: Geography screwups have been fixed.]

Via Infinite Thinking Machine (Google’s group edublog), here’s a very interesting story about two high school classes — one a 10th-grade computer science class in Georgia (USA) and the other an 11th-grade information technology class Bangladesh — working together on a two-week collaborative project to discuss The World is Flat.

Part of the assessment for this project is a wiki, written by pairs of students — one in the USA and the other in Bangladesh. What’s most impressive about this project is the grading rubric for the wiki. A lot of this “flat-world”, “flat-classroom” stuff is becoming just so much buzzword bingo these days, but this project seems to have a very tough-minded edge to it. Check this out from the rubric:

Remember, if you can understand something about this world, let it be this:

It’s not about your excuse, its about what you produce.

Everything you produce is on the wiki. The judges do not know how much time you’ve spent. They do not know how much you’ve done. They do not know if you attempted a grandiose video and it didn’t render at the last moment — all they know is that you didn’t post it to your wiki.

The business world is a tough place. Some say it is heartless, but it is just reality based. In a flat world, it is more important than ever to be able to produce meaningful content on a timely basis.

That’s pretty doggone good advice, especially for 10th-graders looking ahead to college.

Read the whole rubric. (Then, for fun, read this and compare.) I think we’ll be seeing more of this in coming years at the 9-12 (perhaps K-12) level.


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