Designing Student-Centered Flexible Assignments While Still Meeting Curricular & Pedagogical Goals
Challenge - Creating flexible assignments for multiple learning styles
Course assessments tend to be relatively static, with an exclusive emphasis on course objectives. While the need for alignment with course and pedagogical objectives is clear, this singular focus often results in assessments that are outdated or fail to engage students in the learning process meaningfully. Further, repeated use of the same static assignments is related to increased concerns with academic dishonesty; thus, creating adaptable, flexible assignments allows instructors a strategy for decreasing concerns associated with academic dishonesty in assignment submissions.
Student engagement – true engagement in the learning process – demands that educational activities tap into students’ individual passions, purpose, and interests. The challenge lies in designing activities and assignments that allow for individual customization while still meeting curricular and pedagogical goals. In this webinar, participants will explore strategies for creating flexible assignments that can be adapted to address current events or individual student interests.
There is a plethora of research on the value of student-centered teaching and course design. Student-centered instruction, implemented effectively, fosters engagement, learning, and satisfaction. Central to a student-centered philosophy is the importance of learner agency and providing choices that allow students to create personally meaningful relevant learning experiences. Yet, despite recognizing the value of student-centered teaching and learning, it is challenging to develop assignments that simultaneously meet curricular/pedagogical goals and are adaptable to the needs and interests of individual students. This webinar will explore strategies for designing flexible activities and assessments that can be adapted to address current events or individual student interests. Further, we will examine the use of standardized rubrics that allow for the integration of assignment choice menus and flexible assessments.
- Outline the benefits associated with the incorporation of student-centered approaches to assignment design
- Create flexible assignments that can be adapted to address current events or individual student interests
- Integrate choice menus for incorporating individual interests in assignments while meeting curricular/pedagogical standards
- Design standardized rubrics amenable for use with flexible assignments
- Explore the use of assignment shifting to foster student agency
- Identify practical strategies for incorporating flexible assignments while maintaining functional instructor workload
- Faculty (fulltime, adjunct, campus & online)
- Online Learning Administrators & Developers
- Curriculum Development
- Faculty Development & Training
- Any educator interested in learning more about creating flexible assignments for multiple learning styles
If we want to meaningfully engage students in the learning process, we must design assignments and activities that allow students to integrate current events or personal interests within the context of the course learning outcomes. Just as the needs, interests, and backgrounds of each student vary, we must be prepared to create a learning environment that allows for flexibility in the way that knowledge is demonstrated.
B. Jean Mandernach, Ph.D. is Research Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. Her research focuses on enhancing student learning through assessment and innovative online instructional strategies. In addition, she has interests in examining the perception of online degrees, the quality of online course offerings and the development of effective faculty evaluation models. Jean received her B.S. in comprehensive psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, an M.S. in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Bio current as of October 2022.
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