The Beauty of Wikis: Team Project, Individual Grade

Here is a peek at my desk during a marathon grading session this weekend.

This is actually my final assessment for 9th grade which includes a grade for the Digiteen Group wiki, the Digiteen Action Project planning wikis, and an efolio grade.

The amazing thing is that the top two assessments show in the photo in the picture above (students names were covered) were for the SAME wiki! The Same wiki!

The problem I've always had with “group work” is that it is not group work at all. It is “let the top student do the work and make the teacher feel like he/she is really teaching.” This is the inherent flaw in much of the “group work” we do. We give a group grade.

I had a problem with this in college and I have a problem with it now. It is just not fair and only incents the poorer students to find a good partner.

I love wikis because they are the first cooperative learning tool that also gets at individual effort. You can see the contributions that each person makes down to the comma.

Here's a copy of the rubric for this.

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