Simple assessment system for creative work using a rubber stamp and digital app
Tell us about your idea
Stamp iT - An actual rubber stamp is used directly in student’s sketch books as an anchor for formative feedback tutorials. It provides a framework for direct discussions about the student’s work in relation to the design process.
The design of the stamp divides the design process into five simple elements:
- Research: Be People Centred, Draw conclusions from primary and secondary sources
- Ideas – Collaborate & Co-create, Generate and communicate a range of original ideas which respond to research
- Fail & Fix – Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Put ideas to the test by putting them into practice and making mistakes
- Present – Visually & Inclusively Communicate your ideas effectively using appropriate media
- Reflect – Working with pride and professionalism, analyse your work and work of others
For each element, a dot is circled showing the current status of student's work in that area - the further the dot from the centre, the better the quality of the work. eg if the dot furthest from the centre is circled on the Research axis, this would mean the quality of work being discussed is excellent and in the A category.
STAMP iT is used regularly throughout a project, giving students clear feedback on their progress and what improvements can be made.
The five axis format provides a simple framework which shows very clearly what is being assessed. It simultaneously removes ambiguity while also allowing for complex and abstract conversations around each area of design and learning being undertaken.
The assessment App provides a digital version of the stamp for summative feedback at the end of the project. Marking the same 5 elements using digital sliders, it allows the assessor freedom to mark work in a tactile way, being able to recognise creative bravery and design process, without being completely focused on outcomes. The App automates lots of the time consuming elements of marking and writing feedback, so allow for more focus on teaching and learning.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I have been using this system with my students (undergrad designers) for a few years and it is extremely successful. I think that it has the potential to help change how creativity is assessed and therefor taught in high schools. If I can work out how to disseminate my idea, I think COVID is giving us the chance to change how we teach our kids in schools.