There is no judging tag… weird…
I think it would be really great to have some online portal where you could submit your notebook and have it judged. (This would just be the front of the rubric, the 45 points) For it to work well, there would have to be some kind of fee involved but I think it would be really helpful.
As an EP, I could collect the notebooks digitally by Wednesday before the event and then submit them to the online system. I would get the notebooks judged and then my judges on event day would have those scores to work with already and all they would need to do is interview the teams. (I’m not sure how helpful this would be as they would have to read them anyway, but I’m hoping that it would give them a jump on their work.)
As a team, you could submit your notebook to the portal at any time to see how things are going for your team. Lots of new teams don’t exactly know how well they are doing and having a place to get their work evaluated can be really helpful to push them in the right direction.
We always tell kids and coaches to “use the rubric” but something a little more concrete I think would be really helpful.
There are a number of things you could do to increase reliability. You could have two judges on each notebook and if their scores are really far off then they could give it to a third judge. Judges who consistently are off the mark of the other judges would be removed, etc. There are lots of systems that are good that we can get all those kinks worked out.
I don’t know but I’m guessing that there are different amounts of pages I’m thinking there would be some kind of size surcharge. Maybe $A for the first B words and $C for every D words after? I’m not even going to put a number because some people get fixated on that.
There could also be an added system where you could do a mock interview as well. Most teams have very few opportunities to get interviewed and a system that would allow them to practice the interview with some impartial party would be pretty helpful as well.
As an EP I could spend some time judging notebooks in the system as a credit so when my tournaments come around it won’t cost me a thing.
Also, RECF would need to continue to allow the online system of digital notebooks into the future for this to be viable. I think that this would be part of a solution to help us get consistency across events, which is something the RECF is always harping about.