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Table 2 Sample rubric for a podcast assignment using AIW criteria

From: A heutagogical approach for the assessment of Internet Communication Technology (ICT) assignments in higher education

AIW criterion Sample criteria Sample performance benchmarks
Construction of Knowledge—Social Problem
(Heutagogical Principle—Knowing how to learn)
Student demonstrated understanding of the social problem and how well they analyzed this problem in relation to their community (i.e., constructing arguments, considering alternative points of view, and/or describing patterns) Clearly defines and comprehensively explains the social problem in the context of the discipline or class-related material
Includes all relevant information necessary for full understanding by the target audience
Evaluates the context of the social problem
Incorporates multiple points of view into the podcast, such as expert knowledge and lived experience
Conclusions are logical and reflect a synthesis of facts, context, and points of view
Used credible information that is up to date (i.e., give facts about the problem using quality evidence)
Provides appropriate attribution of information sources through show notes
Construction of Knowledge—Digital Literacy for Podcasting
(Heutagogical Principle—Knowing how to learn)
Student demonstrated technology skills with multimedia-based assignments, such as how to record and edit audio for a podcast Sound quality includes no background noise and distractions. Volume of voice, music, and effects enhance the presentation
Length of podcast meets assignment requirements and keeps the listener interested and engaged (editing quality)
The podcast contains no audio or content distractions
Editing is used to improve quality, such as deleting "umms" or long pauses
Sound effects enhance the podcast
In-Depth Understanding (Disciplinary Inquiry)
(Heutagogical Principle—Focus on the Process rather than Content)
The student completed an interview with a content expert, service provider, public official, and/or person with a lived experience, incorporating the profession's ethical values Questions are designed with an audience in mind, clear goals, and are open-ended
Initial questions are thoughtful and draw out information from the person
Questions demonstrate knowledge of the topic and draw upon literature and current events
Questions use a disciplinary lens, linking to the profession, and offer considerations for professional values and ethics
Follow-up questions promote clarification
The interview is thoughtful and well-rehearsed, with smooth delivery of questions in a conversational style
Highly effective enunciation, and the presenter's speech is clear and intelligible
Expression and rhythm engage the listener
Elaborated Communication or Demonstration (Disciplinary Inquiry)
(Heutagogical Principle—Focus on the Process rather than Content)
Student uses best practices to structure the podcast from start to end Catchy and clever introduction that considers the interests of the target audience
Provides relevant information and establishes a clear purpose that engages the listener immediately
Identifies speaker, as well as date podcast, was produced and location of the speaker
Keeps focus of podcast on the topic
Conclusion clearly summarizes key information
The language, professional jargon, slang, etc., considers the knowledge and preferences of the anticipated audience
Value Beyond School—Podcast Analytics
(Heutagogical Principle—Learning is multidisciplinary)
Analytics show that a public audience is listening and rating the podcast Number of downloads
Number of listening starts
Total time listened to the podcast
Location and other demographics of listeners
Value Beyond School—Subjective Review
(Heutagogical Principle—Learning is multidisciplinary)
Comments or reviews provided by a peer, content expert, or general public listener Podcast ratings or reviews
Testimonial from general public listener or review from content expert
Number of social shares and recommendations