2017-18 Teaching and Learning Excellence Division Calendar: Sustainable Assignments for Student Engagement and Meaningful Learning
For August, the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division calendar: “Producing Sustainable Assignments for Student Engagement” focuses on collecting legacy advice as a type of sustainable assignment. One of the goals of teaching and learning excellence is to create engaging learning experiences for students. Traditional assignments typically end when they are graded. Sustainable assignments, on the other hand, can provide meaningful learning experiences that last beyond the classroom.
Legacy advice is tips and materials that your students share regarding their course experience. Advice can be anything from what’s important to study and/or how much study time the course may require. For current students, the legacy advice can help guide them to be successful in the course. Future students can use the legacy advice to decide if the course is right for them.
Legacy advice can be collected in a variety of forms such as short videos, text, images, and audio. Students can also post reflections on their course experiences through blog posts. Create a central online open space, like a course webpage, to upload the collected advice and make it available to those interested. For an example of this type of sustainable assignment, view the legacy advice collected from students in DS106, a digital storytelling course from the University of Mary Washington.
If you’re an ACC faculty member interested in using sustainable assignments for your
class, contact a TLED instructional designer.