Are you ready for the brave new world of designing, assigning and assessing digital assignments?
Or maybe you are already ahead of the curve—asking your students to do podcasts for homework, or having them create a short film as a case study, or helping them create a class wiki that illuminates your course topic?
Whether you’ve embraced the possibility of digital tools, or you’re just wondering about how to refashion a primary assignment and don’t know where to start, there are many resources to help you and your students make digital assignments become an exciting and innovative learning experience.
Digital media assignments provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their learning of course content through the creation of multimedia learning objects using such formats as video, audio, still images and text (source: University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Some of the primary ingredients of an effective digital assignment include:
- A clearly defined learning outcome grounded in the pedagogical goals of the course
- An assignment that defines both the product that students are to create, as well as the process by which they will access technological tools and get support in learning those along the way
- An approach to assessment that gives the assignment appropriate weight in light of the time and energy that students will need to give to the project
What else should you consider when creating digital assignments?
The University of Wisconsin-Madision has launched a website is a primer for digital media assignments. It offers examples, resources for faculty, and guidance for getting started.
Northeastern University Libraries has faculty assignment planning guide with tips, links to resources, and suggestions for structuring the assignment design process. The tip sheet includes suggestions for basic projects at the beginner level to ideas for those with intermediate to advanced technology skills.
Here at UofL, we’re launching a new Digital Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community to provide individual and small teams of faculty members an opportunity to get ongoing, hands-on training and support for incorporating digital tools into their teaching practices, assignment design, and corresponding assessment approaches. This new FLC is co-sponsored by the Delphi Center and the Composition Program in the Department of English.
We welcome your application to this new program on or before Monday, March 18!
What are your adventures on the digital frontier with your students?