How Can I Create Meaningful Assignments for My Students?
Assignments are where students get to practice, engage with course content, demonstrate their growing mastery, and alert you to problems. Learn 16 research-based strategies proven to support student learning and how to apply several of these techniques when designing your course assignments.
Learn strategies to support student learning
”Practice is the best of all instructors.”
That’s according to Publilius Syrus, a writer and speaker in the 1st century BC.
Although there’ve been many innovations in teaching methods since then, it seems some things never change.
You know how important assignments are for your students.
Assignments are where students get to practice, engage with course content, demonstrate their growing mastery, and alert you to problems.
Assignments are where students learn. Find out how to make the most of them in How Can I Create Meaningful Assignments for My Students?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with presenter Linda Suskie.
Suskie, an internationally recognized consultant, speaker, writer, and workshop facilitator on higher education, maintains that developing effective assignments is one of a faculty member’s most important responsibilities.
She presents 16 research-based strategies proven to support student learning and show you how to apply several of these techniques when designing your course assignments, touching on:
- Setting effective expectations
- Personalizing student learning with reflective writing assignments
- Constructing prompts while focusing on learning goals
Your students will benefit from deeper, lasting learning and enjoy the achievement of learning outcomes. You’ll find out how to give and guide assignments and spend less time grading.
The more time students spend on your course, the more they’ll learn. Discover a dynamic approach to keeping students engaged through this professional development program that’s sure to fit your schedule.
In a perfect world, each one of your course assignments would help students bridge the gap between pedagogy and the real world. How Can I Create Meaningful Assignments for My Students? will help you refine your teaching methods and take your practice closer to that perfect world.
Suskie keeps the professional development real too. You’ll learn practical tips exploring:
- The two questions you should ask yourself before creating assignments
- The “scaffolding” students need to meet learning goals
- The key issues to address in prompts
- The best ways to link your assignments with potential employers’ needs
After viewing this Magna 20 Minute Mentor, you’ll be able to:
- Express and discuss the learning goals of an assignment
- Explain assignment requirements to students
- Evaluate the relevance of your assignments for students
- Increase student engagement
If you’ve ever had trouble convincing students that your assignments would contribute to their education, this grading and feedback program is for you.
In fact, How Can I Create Meaningful Assignments for My Students? will be helpful for all teaching faculty, especially those just starting their careers.
Developing effective assignments is one of the most important things faculty members do. Suskie will show you how students learn better when they see connections between their lives and your course content, and will provide you with tools to keep your students working and learning.
Be sure your teaching methods are up to the challenge of the practical side of pedagogy. Purchase this program today!
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Linda Suskie has served as a Vice President at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an accreditor of colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States for seven years. She is now working as a consultant and workshop facilitator for colleges and universities.
The second edition of her book, Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide (Jossey-Bass), is one of the best-selling books on assessment in higher education.
Prior positions include serving as Associate Vice President for Assessment & Institutional Research at Towson University and as Director of the American Association for Higher Education's Assessment Forum.
Her over 35 years of experience in college and university administration include work in assessment, institutional research, strategic planning, and quality management.
Linda holds a B.A. in Quantitative Studies from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa.
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