The Performing Arts Department has a unique approach to assessment. It uses, along with course embedded assessment, its theater plays to assess various student learning outcomes with the help of rubrics, surveys (given to actors and spectators), and checklists. One fundamental element has been the use of video cameras to record its plays for assessment and research purposes. Students then conduct self and peer-assessments to improve their performances, while the professors assess them through each stage of the play.
Their new theater play, called Platero y Yo, is an example of how the Performing Arts Department is using their ongoing projects to assess student leaning with the help of an uncommon resource: video cameras.
Platero y Yo, a play based on a series of short stories by Juan Ramón Jimenez, and directed by Prof. Maria E. Mercado and Prof. Julia Thompson, will be presented to the general public in the Theater of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus on April 17th, 2012. A handful of participants will receive a spectators' survey to evaluate the play as well as the acting abilities of the students, thus participating in the assessment process.
On March 29th, an advance preview of the play will be performed in the lobby of UPR-RP's Theater. The funds collected during this presentation will aid the group's participation in the FRINGE Festival -the biggest performing arts festival in the world- to be celebrated in August 2012 in Edinburgh, UK.
Platero y Yo Promo (You tube video)
Platero y Yo's Facebook Page
Platero y Yo - Flyer 1
Platero y Yo - Flyer 2
Update (8/8/2012) : http://www.uprrp.edu/ultimahora/?p=9293