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Forms for Evaluating Student Projects

Instructors: Multiple
Scope: Studio-based Courses, School of Design, CFA
Assessment Tools: Forms for Evaluating Student Projects –
Graduate Design Studio, Beginning Typography Course


Instructors found that when it came to evaluation of studio-based courses there was a general resistance by students. Many students believe that design is subjective and therefore is not open to more objective forms of assessment.


To provide students with objective, clearly articulated criteria on which studio-based projects can be assessed and graded.


Project evaluation forms that could assess student performance on a wide variety of dimensions.


Several faculty members individually developed their own evaluation forms for their courses and then they shared what they had with each other. The criteria are clearly outlined in the course syllabi so that students are aware of them from the beginning of the course. These criteria are then used by the instructors for the evaluation of each students work at mid-term and at the end of the semester. 


Students have more realistic expectations about their grades and there are fewer instances of final grades being contested.


While students are aware of the criteria by which they are being assessed, they do not always pay close enough attention to them for each assignment. It is not always easy to clearly communicate to and convince the students that these are the criteria by which they will be evaluated.

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