Module Six: Developing Effective Assignments
Developing Effective Assignments To promote intellectual curiosity, reasoning, and problem solving skills and to address different styles of learning, faculty should give special attention to developing and designing a variety of assignments. Assignments need to reflect the course goals and objectives. Assignments should have the flexibility to allow students to pursue personal interests within the broader field of study as appropriate.
At the end of this module, you will be able to do the following:
  • Articulate the value of assignments in relation to student learning and absorption
  • Strategize course assignments through skills or knowledge acquired
  • List an array of assignment possibilities
  • Develop discipline-based assignment based on topic of interest
  • Understand developing effective assignments from the K-12 perspective
The module will provide ways to build students’ skills through a variety of assignments. You will find examples of assignments from across fields and learn about active learning methods, which include collaborative learning, problem–based learning, case methods, course projects, simulations, and technology uses.

As you create assignments, keep these questions in mind:

  1. Do the assignments present opportunities for individualization, active learning, and interaction?
  2. Do the assignments present opportunities for skill development in areas such as critical reading/thinking, quantitative reasoning, application/synthesis, effective writing/communication, and research/information gathering?
Develop assignments that are flexible and accommodate varying learning styles. Consider the way different competencies can be addressed through individualization, active learning, and interaction.
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