M.A. in Multimedia

Assessment Plan

PLO’s

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

PLO 1

Direct: Rubric based assessment of Individual Project Proposal presentations and written documents. 

Indirect: Anonymous survey of students, who will be asked to self assess their absolute and value added achievements relative to the SLO.eir progress.

PLO 2

Direct: Rubric based assessment of Final Written Thesis document.

Indirect: Anonymous survey of students, who will be asked to self assess their absolute and value added achievements relative to the SLO.

PLO 3

Direct: A written essay and short answer exam. Scored on a written rubric.

Indirect: Anonymous survey of students, who will be asked to self assess their absolute and value added achievements relative to the SLO.

PLO 4

Direct: Rubric based assessment of Final Written Thesis document and the Thesis Project.

Indirect: Anonymous survey of students, who will be asked to self assess their absolute and value added achievements relative to the SLO. 

5-Year Program Review

Closing the Loop

Because the Program is small and cohort-based, we were able to assess all graduating students. All students completed their thesis project with an accompanying 40-50 page thesis document as part of the course MM6899 in Spring Quarter. Each thesis had a required literature review and critical assessment of related technology in addition to a focused contextualization of the students’ projects; this maps very closely to the Program SLO. Each thesis was read by three faculty members of the Multimedia Graduate Committee, who scored this part of the thesis on a rubric covering eight key aspects of the SLO.

According to the tallied rubrics, all students produced work that demonstrated that they had achieved the Learning Outcome. However it was clear that while most students were strong in researching and critiquing other projects and developments, there was a repeated weakness in doing so systematically. Often key relevant works were omitted from reviews or multiple works were seen in isolation rather than synthesized to themes. In response, adjustments will be made in lectures and assignments in four courses: MM6100, MM6101, MM6110, and MM6860, to correct these shortcomings. Overall both the direct assessment results and the assessment process was successful. A similar process will be followed next year.
The indirect assessment was less successful. It was distributed late in the quarter and most students failed to fill it out. Because the Program is already small, the results were neither representative nor significant. The pressure in the final weeks of the year is great and this was not prioritized. Next year, indirect assessments will be administered earlier and follow-up will be more systematic.

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