Compile a question bank, February 2018 Sustainable Assignment

2017-18 Teaching and Learning Excellence Division Calendar: Sustainable Assignments for Student Engagement and Meaningful Learning

For February, the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division calendar: “Producing Sustainable Assignments for Student Engagement” focuses on compiling a question bank 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.

A question bank is a large collection of questions created from course materials to build assessments. When students create their own questions, they are taking ownership of their own learning process. Review examples based on a rubric to help students create appropriate questions. Students can work individually or in a group.

Choose the best questions to use in exams, quizzes, discussions and other types of assessments. Don’t limit the process to one semester. New students can add their own questions and/or revise those already in the bank. As course materials are updated, do the same for the question bank.

Read about Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani’s experience with having students create a question bank. Dr. Jhangiani is a Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He shares his experience of compiling a question bank with his Social Psychology students and provides some resources.

Are you an ACC faculty member interested in using sustainable assignments for your class?  Contact a TLED instructional designer to help you get started.

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