Produce a tutorial, January 2018 Sustainable Assignment

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

Happy New Year! For January, the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division calendar: “Producing Sustainable Assignments for Student Engagement” focuses on producing a tutorial 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.

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Tutorials can come in different types of formats such as text, video, and audio. Videos, in particular, continue to be a popular medium, because there are so many different ways to record and share. To help students get started provide guidelines for creating the tutorial, but allow students the freedom to choose their topic, the design, and delivery method. If creating videos, advise your students to keep them short, to check the lighting, and to capture high-quality audio. A popular option for sharing a collection of videos is through a YouTube channel.

For an example of how students can produce their own tutorials read “Making students create public tutorial videos as a course assignment.” Student created tutorials are a great example of student creativity and engagement. The tutorial creation process can also give students a sense of ownership of their own learning.

If you’re an ACC faculty member interested in using sustainable assignments for your class, contact a TLED instructional designer.

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