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Info-smart Assignments = Info-smart Students

Info-smart Assignments = Info-smart Students. Presentation by FPLC on Info-Smart Education Howard Community College January 2011. Who are we?. Bhuvana Chandran (Science and Technology) Rachel Farrell (Nursing) Assefa Fisseha (Radiologic Technology)

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Info-smart Assignments = Info-smart Students

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  1. Info-smart Assignments = Info-smart Students Presentation by FPLC on Info-Smart Education Howard Community College January 2011

  2. Who are we? • BhuvanaChandran(Science and Technology) • Rachel Farrell (Nursing) • AssefaFisseha(Radiologic Technology) • Jennifer Garner (English/World Languages) • Gail Hollander (Library) • David Murphy (English/World Languages) • Sarah Saxer(English/World Languages) • AniaSzczepaniec-Bialas(English/World Languages) • Laura Yoo (English/World Languages)

  3. What do we do? • Information Literacy • Know • Access • Evaluate • Use Effectively • Use Ethically • Student Engagement • Link student interests with above • Food and Fun and Friendship

  4. Today’s Agenda • What motivates our students? • Guidelines for effective assignment design • Workshop

  5. Students are motivated by… • clearly stated purpose and outcomes • clearly stated directions, parameters, and requirements • their own interests and assignments that have real life-application • meaningful assignments – not busy work • transparent assessment processes • do-able assignments

  6. Top Five Tips for Effective Assignment Design

  7. Tip 1 • Break down big projects into smaller tasks that can be monitored

  8. Tip 2 • Set up “research requirements” that define the types of sources they will need • HCC Library: Popular Versus Scholarly Sources • UMBC Library: Information Literacy

  9. Tip 3 • Teach step-by-step research strategies (specific to your field) • Don’t’ assume students know how to research

  10. Tip 4 • Provide guidelines for evaluating credibility and reliability of source • HCC Library: Information Literacy

  11. Tip 5 • Demonstrate HOW to incorporate sources into their project/writing (specific to your field, including citation/documentation expectations) • DO IT IN CLASS – SHOW! SHOW! SHOW! • PEE – Point, Example (Evidence), Explain • DIY – try the assignment yourself! • MODELS – lots of it!

  12. Do you have CONCRETE tips to share?

  13. Tips from participants • Group work works but need structure – group projects/essays • Presentations – teach HOW-TO present • Assignment should stretch the students’ understanding of course content • Easy to follow the directions – SIMPLIFY! • Share project ideas with other faculty • Show how to use Wikipedia – starting point – go to original source • Contextualize the assignment – how does it fit into the others? Overall course? Make connections

  14. Assignment Workshop • Trade assignments with another person • What works well about this assignment? • If you were the student doing this assignment, what questions/difficulties might you have? • What needs improvement at motivational, overall, and practical level? Note: these are good questions to ask yourself as you design assignments! (and maybe ask your colleagues to evaluate your assignment prompts)

  15. Thank you for your participation! Know Access Evaluate Use Effectively Use Ethically

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