New Orleans Scalar Project Rubric: Evaluating New Orleans

  • Scores are Indicated in Bold Type

Clarity/Organization Scale 1-3

Are the tabs clear enough? Too broad? Accessible?

1- Lacks specificity. Categorized inappropriately or not at all.

2- All assigned topics are addressed and categorized, but do not flow in a cohesive, educational style.

3- Very specific, accurately and clearly titled categories. All topics are discussed and flow well together throughout the project.

  • The tabs are very clear and accessible. The group did a great job of balancing the use of their tabs with the ‘path’ or storybook features of Scalar.

 

Purpose Scale 1-4

Who is the audience? What market would be interested? What is the mission statement?

1- No clear thesis. No mention of race, gender, class issues.

2- Clear purpose, weak concept of audience. Vague mention of race, gender, class issues.

3- Race is mentioned either in terms of DH or specifically in the city, but not in both.

4-  (3.5 Score) Clear thesis and audience. Race, gender, class issues clearly addressed in both the study of DH and in the groups specific city. New perspective is gained towards jazz within this city.

  • Does a nice job of addressing race both in DH and New Orleans. However, the overall thesis could be clearer and more frequently referred to throughout the narrative.

 

 

Content Scale 1-4

Are there enough reliable resources? Database Quality?

1- Works cited page is formatted incorrectly. Lack of reliable sources.

2- Quality sources, but still too few.

3- Enough sources but not properly cited within different segments.

4- Properly cited and annotated sources. An abundance of quality and trusted sources.

  • Plenty of reliable resources. Good use of the data and information they collected.

 

Technology Scale 1-4

Is it innovative? Offer an advanced way to research? Good layout/design? Use of Scalar? Properly cut/edited interviews?

1- Difficult to access or troubleshoot and/or poor use of tools available

2- Fair use of tools for interactivity and presentation.

3- Good use of tools, clips not cut properly but still accessible.

3- Looks great, easy to access, interactive, multimedia, clips cut efficiently and effectively.

  • Great use of the Scalar platform and external sources/types of technological teaching. I thought the design was intuitive. However (and this is more of a broad scalar criticism), I find the constant clicking between pages in a Scalar path to be annoying and disrupting to my focus on the overall narrative and argument.

 

Great project overall! Our one critique would be the less than explicit use of a thesis and overall argumentative framework.

Overall Score: 13.5/14

 

Kansas City Scalar Project Rubric: Evaluating New Orleans

  • Scores Indicated in Bold

 

Effectiveness of Specific City Narrative          
Creative representation of information 1 2 3 4 5
Presence of a visual narrative 1 2 3 4 5
Diversification of representation 1 2 3 4 5
Ease of transition between topics 1 2 3 4 5
Immersiveness 1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of Engaging with Issues of Diversity          
Addressing of Racial Issues 1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of Jazz Narrative          
Creative representation of information 1 2 3 4 5
Presence of a visual narrative 1 2 3 4 5
Diversification of representation 1 2 3 4 5
Ease of transition between topics 1 2 3 4 5
Immersiveness 1 2 3 4 5
Ability to Blend City, Musical, and Racial Themes          
Creative representation of information 1 2 3 4 5
Presence of a visual narrative 1 2 3 4 5
Diversification of representation 1 2 3 4 5
Ease of transition between topics 1 2 3 4 5
Immersiveness 1 2 3 4 5
Balance of themes 1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of Overall Argument 1 2 3 4 5
Final Score (Average) (Out of 90)         85

Qualitative Assessment

Did the group use Scalar effectively? How so?

  • The project did a great job of balancing overall themes with specific stories in each section. NOLA really tried to incorporate the unique features that scalar offers as a multimedia platform.

Did Scalar prove to be a useful program for this type of DH project? Why or why not?

  • Yes. As a multimedia platform, Scalar is great for teaching and story telling through multiple avenues and sources. However, as I mentioned previously, the ‘path’ feature seems like a good organizational tool, but seems like it can be disrupting to the user’s experience.

Overall Score: 85/90.

Great project!

-Ajani, Adrianna, Elise, Sara, Jackson

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