Designing Assignments for Your Blended and Online Courses
When setting up assignments for courses that we teach either blended or completely online, you may want to consider what information the learners may need regarding the assignment that would be similar to what we might offer in a face-to-face classroom. The information may include a wide variety of communication tools such as announcements, instruction documents, rubrics, email, etc. that will hopefully guide our learners to reach or surpass the desired learning objective of the assignment.
It is clear to us why we have included an assignment into our respective courses. However, it may not always be clear to all of our learners and it may be necessary to provide some information about why and how the assignment helps to achieve a certain learning objective. This most likely does not need to be a lengthy discourse but rather something short and sweet to help tie the learning objective to the assignment.
As you create assignments for our classes, below is a checklist of some things that you may want to consider as you design your assignments.
If you would like additional information about creating assignments for blended or online classes, please do not hesitate to contact the CFC.
We loved this quick advice column from James Lang and the Chronicle of Higher Education. It has great practical advice and it really helped us think about how the first 5 minutes of a class can set a tone that can positively impact the entire class period.
“Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class”.