Grading


If you want to be a good learner, then you need to be honest with yourself. You need to feel free to acknowledge your mistakes and to acknowledge when you're confused. But don't be afraid to ask for help - only then will you be able to improve.  


Grading Assignments
I intend to start out easy. But with each assignment, the standards become higher and the grading harder.  All assignments and course timelines are subject to last minute changes. Assignments will be graded based on technical execution, content and creativity. Bonus points may be awarded if the work demonstrates superior quality. 


Once I get your assignments, I'll evaluate them in the following manner:
  • I'll evaluate against criteria according to categories, such as Video, Editing, Audio, Creativity, etc. You can review the list of criteria that I use in each category by clicking here: Grading Rubrics. 
  • Each category will be scored on a scale from 1 to 10. A 10 will be considered Exemplary work, or an A. 
  • The final score will be the average taken from the total number of categories against the total scores for each category.
I will then e-mail you the final score along with comments. For example, the evaluation for Matching Action Assignment might look something like this: 

Matching Action Evaluation

Visuals

Audio

Editing

Creativity

Planning/Story

9

9

7

9

7


Comments: Excellent variety of shots and camera placement. Nice use of rack focus. When you cut, remember to convey the illusion of one continuous action. Therefore, the action between shots needs to be continuous. Better planning will help you know what essential shots you need to maintain continuity.

The total score for this package is calculated by adding up the individual scores and dividing them against the total number of categories. In this example, the average is: 8.2. 

The scores will determine whether your work is Exemplary, Proficient, Partially Proficient or Unsatisfactory. The scale looks something like this:

A- to A

B- to B+

C- to C+

F to D+

9-10   Exemplary

8-8.9    Proficient

7-7.9  Partially Proficient

1-6.9   Unsatisfactory



In the example above, the student who gets an 8.2 score has done the equivalent of B- work, which is considered Proficient. Yes, getting an A will take work, but prospective employers want to hire people whose work is Exemplary. 

Grading Deadlines
I'm also putting your feet to the fire for meeting your deadlines. In the broadcast profession if you miss a deadline, then you miss your airdate and that can have serious consequences for you and your job. You either miss your deadline or you don't. So it's either 0 points or 10, which gets added into the average score. In the above example, if the student misses the deadline, the score will drop to an average of 6.8, or equivalent to a D+. 


When I provide feedback, it's not to pick apart your work, but to focus on what I'd like most to see in your future work. I welcome discussion about my feedback on your projects. But you can find out exactly the criteria I use under Grading Rubrics. Please read the criteria carefully.

Take Criticism Without Taking it Personally
I endeavor to provide you with constructive criticism. But if your work is unsatisfactory, I won't hold back. The only way to improve is to know what you're doing wrong. But doing something wrong, or making mistakes, doesn't make you a bad person. We all make mistakes and in this profession, it helps to have a thick skin. But try not to let yourself get discouraged. No matter what you do there's always room to improve. Although criticism can be difficult to take, you will definitely want to look at how my critique (or even those from your classmates) can lead to success and personal growth. 

Grading Matrix
This grading matrix is subject to change,. Many in-class assignments will be given pass/fail grades, which will be equivalent to 10 points total. You will likely not be able to make up an in-class assignment. To get an A, you need to go the extra mile and do Exemplary work. If you're having trouble reaching this goal, please ask for help. I always welcome the opportunity to provide assistance to students who ask. 

Storyboard Exercise – Total Points 10

Video Alphabet Exercise - Total Points 10

5-Shot Sequence Exercise – Total 10 points possible towards grade (average)

  • B-roll – 10 points
  • Basic Editing – 10 points
  • Enhancements – 10 points
  • Content – 10 points
  • Story/Planning – 10 points

Matching Action Exercise – Total 10 points possible towards grade (average)

  • B-roll – 10 points
  • Audio – 10 points
  • Basic Editing – 10 points
  • Enhancements – 10 points
  • Content – 10 points
  • Story/Planning – 10 points

Music Video Exercise- Total 10 points possible towards grade (average)

  • B-roll – 10 points
  • Audio – 10 points
  • Basic Editing – 10 points
  • Enhancements – 10 points
  • Content – 10 points
  • Story/Planning – 10 points

PSA ExerciseTotal 10 points possible towards grade (average)

  • B-roll – 10 points
  • Audio – 10 points
  • Basic Editing – 10 points
  • Enhancements – 10 points
  • Content – 10 points
  • Story/Planning – 10 points

Video Portrait (News Package) Total 10 points possible towards grade (average)

  • B-roll – 10 points
  • Audio – 10 points
  • Basic Editing – 10 points
  • Enhancements – 10 points
  • Content – 10 points
  • Story/Planning – 10 points

Studio Assignments - Each of the directing assignments will be worth 10 points

Midterm - 100 points

Final Exam - 100 points

Assorted Quizzes (at least 3 of them) = 15 points each quiz