ERIC Number: EJ1094146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Reference Count: 16
Designing Effective Classroom Assignments: Intellectual Work Worth Sharing
Hutchings, Pat; Jankowski, Natasha A.; Schultz, Kathryn E.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v48 n1 p6-15 2016
The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment's (NILOA's) online library of faculty-created assignments that both produce and demonstrate learning makes pedagogical work visible and available for colleagues to learn from, build on, and reward. This online library allows faculty to collaborate in sharing, critiquing, and improving assignments for submission to the NILOA Assignment Library. The assignments in the collection demonstrate what is possible, stimulate further design efforts, and build a community of expert judgment around such work. Faculty use an "assignment template" that identifies the critical elements of an assignment: that it specify the central task and indicate how it is to be undertaken and the results communicated, as well as how extensive or evidential the response should be. In good assignment design, high-level outcomes are translated into concrete terms. This work can be undertaken both on individual campuses (thereby building a culture of pedagogical improvement and inquiry) and between campuses.
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Assignments, Teaching Methods, Teacher Collaboration, Shared Resources and Services, Access to Information, College Faculty, Instructional Design
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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