2011 Assessment Criteria

Design Integration Plan Description

1.     Describe the Design Learning Integration Challenge (problem) you intend to solve with your plan. Provide a complete and detailed explanation of your understanding of the problem set, context, relationships, and terminology.

a)     What is your study question, what do you want to learn/know? (formulate question)

b)     What is the source of your motivation to participate in this Challenge?

c)     Why should students, teachers, and/or parents care? What value are you adding by your proposed Design Integration Plan within the context of your learning partner?

d)     What impact or change do you envision will occur as a result of your plan?


Learning Comparison

2.     Compare your high school learning experiences with the summer learning environment you are collaborating with.

a)     Describe important, as well as some less obvious, characteristics of your personal learning experiences.

b)     Identify similarities and differences between your experiences and the learners you are designing for.

c)     Explain your conclusions in such a way your reader/s clearly recognize your understanding of relevant terminology, problem set you are grappling with, and context you are designing with/for.


Contextual Storytelling

3.     Introduce the context of your learning environment in written form and visual representations via Google Sites. Provide a clear indication of your understanding of relevant and important information.

a)     Describe why you chose your Design Learning Integration Study Category and Essential Question.

b)     What caused you to select the specific category/essential question, i.e. personal interest, program accessibility, and/or program learning needs?

c)     Describe how you implemented your study (such as using Dr. Garner’s Cognitive Engagement instructional flow), including interactions with adults and face time with students. Include sample lesson plan/s if possible.

d)     Note: If you choose to target a Da Vinci Specific Study Question, you will most likely need to request to engage in communications with Da Vinci at a distance.

e)     How will you know what level of impact or change has occurred? (methods of data collection)

f)      Additional representations such as posters, videos, and/or survey data analysis are highly encouraged.


Study Findings and Data Analysis

4.     Drawing from your findings and analysis, continue to tell your story as your study evolves, what categories of knowledge and characteristics of skills proved to be essential when integrating design into the context of learning? What main and minor patterns did you recognize 

a)     Identify essential concepts, requisite skills, and key relationships the students were introduced to.

b)     What pattern/s do you recognize? Describe your interpretations. Do you notice an emerging theme repeat? Identify main as well as the minor patterns.

c)     Compare your students’ learning outcomes to what you envisioned at the beginning of this process. What stayed the same, what changed?

d)     What elements of your plan did you choose to measure? What level of impact or change did your plan have on student learning outcomes?

e)     Create visual representations to highlight your findings such as graphical illustrations of data, key findings, and learning outcomes.


Study Input and Feedback

5.     Describe the input and feedback you gathered from multiple perspectives.

a)     Describe input you received from the learning context, environment, as well as feedback from your students.

b)     What factors caused them to think or respond in the way that they did?

c)     What choices did you make as a result?

d)     What other factors affected the impact or change when you were implementing the plan?

e)     If possible, revisit your data findings and analysis with the learning context and/or students to determine if your interpretations are correct and/or valid.


Next Steps

6.     How could your plan be improved, what new questions come to mind?

a)     Use the Self-Evaluation Assessment Rubric to gain a better understanding of where you’d like to improve. Please share your results in your study report.

b)     Have you gained new insights, learned valuable knowledge, and/or skills?

c)     Will you be able to use these new concepts in other areas of your life and/or work/studies?

d)     What implications might these new understandings have if you were to repeat this study again?

e)     Are there elements that do not make sense and you’d like to dig deeper?

f)    With this new knowledge, reformulate your initial study question to create greater impact with your Design Learning Integration Plan.