A small part of the research work for MICOOL that takes place at Dublin City University involves the development of academically sound evaluation models for researchers and teachers. Drs Miriam Judge and Dónal Mulligan are researchers and lecturers at DCU’s School of Communications, and work with undergraduate and masters level students on multimedia and e-learning topics. As part of the school’s contribution to MICOOL, a rubric was designed to respond to the absence of a reliable, usable and thorough evaluation tool for educational apps.

[accordion] [accordion_item title=”What is a rubric?”] While the word has a broader meaning elsewhere (see: wiktionary.org), in education a rubric is a set of scoring criteria used to guide an evaluation. The design of a rubric sets out the key criteria by which the evaluation is made, and the design of a rubric as a tool for assessment emphasises balancing these criteria so that their individual scores can be coherently used together to give a useful overall measurement.[/accordion_item] [/accordion]

This evaluative device was then used by researchers and students during a phase testing, before being deployed in research investigations for the MICOOL project. The rubric also served as the basis for the App-Review form and its criteria, here on the MICOOL website. This helped to ensure that reviews collected via the site focused on key considerations identified during the academic research, and balanced the various metrics of evaluation (like user-friendliness, instructional content, technical considerations, etc.).

While DCU’s rubric is still in continuing development and not yet published apart of our research, we’re happy to share and discuss it with fellow researchers; you can contact us here via the site to get in touch.