The Non-Disposable Assignment: Enhancing Personalised Learning

This three part workshop is about enhancing a current assignment or creating a new assignment that focuses on personalised learning by allowing students to build new knowledge together around an authentic problem, scenario or situation. Termed the “non-disposable assignment”, the assignment allows students to share their learning and build their knowledge and skills through a social learning experience leveraging digital technologies. If you are interested, come join us for three (1.5 hour) sessions on Thursday afternoons where we’ll explore together while you build a new assignment.

  • Do you want to offer students an opportunity to bring their passions, personal interests, and individual strengths into their coursework?
  • How can we design assessment which students feel connected to, value, and are proud to share with their peers?
  • Are you interested in learning how to create a non-disposable assignment for your students?

This redesign workshop will take you through the steps to create a non-disposable assignment from beginning to end.

Disposable Assignments: “are assignments that students complain about doing and faculty complain about grading. They’re assignments that add no value to the world – after a student spends three hours creating it, a teacher spends 30 minutes grading it, and then the student throws it away” (Wiley, 2013).

This series is about creating a non-disposable assignment. The three sessions will blend a combination of some pre-reading, discussion, and in session time to flesh out the details of a rich assignment that allows students to co-create knowledge, be creative and engage in a personalised learning experience. We’ll focus on crafting projects which meet your existing or redesigned course learning outcomes, explore tools for students to demonstrate their learning, and identify strategies for conducting peer-review. In the end you’ll end up with plan for implementing your redesigned assignment in Spring 2018 or Fall 2018.

Throughout the three-part workshop we will also be collectively exposing our own learnings to others in the group through a live reflection and blogging site to support our work. We hope faculty can attend all three parts as they are planned to build on each other.

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