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Creating Short Paper Assignments

Creating Short Paper Assignments

Well-designed short paper assignments, when used as building blocks for the summation activity, can assist with student success by providing focused, attainable activities and opportunities for feedback. Web Resources Designing Effective Writing Assignments – University of Minnesota Teaching Guide: Designing Writing Assignments – Colorado State University How do I create, support, and grade writing assignments?…

Designing Group Activities

Designing Group Activities

Group work can promote active student learning and increase participation and interaction. In addition to exposing students to different approaches and ways of thinking, working with other students in groups can promote a sense of belonging that reduces the sense of isolation that many students experience in online learning environments. Working together in groups also…

Designing Formative Quizzes

Designing Formative Quizzes

Formative quizzes can be used to: Guide course instruction Gage student understanding of concepts Frequent quizzes can serve as a learning tool for students and feedback for instructors. General Recommendations Assure that quiz questions are valid, by mapping them to the course content and level of taxonomy set in module objectives. Avoid trick questions. You…