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Assignments: Examples

Assignments should reflect the desired learning outcomes you have for your course and your students. Assignments should complement classwork and prepare for the testing and exam process.

Writing assignments

Three Key Questions:

  • Why are students being asked to write (purpose)?
  • Who is the audience for the assignment (context)?
  • What is the structure of the finished product (form)?

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A History final exam question from Jim Wilkinson at Harvard University (see "Example" at the end of the article):

"An example of a vague and therefore less satisfactory exam question in history would be: 'Analyze the causes of the French Revolution.' A more focused and hence more productive question on the same topic: 'Contrast Robespierre's attitude towards violence in the service of the Revolution with that of Danton. Can either attitude be considered a "cause" of the events of 1789? Of 1793?' "

Assignments for an online class

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Unusual types of assignments

onsider adding some spice and variety to your course with unusual assignments:

  • advertisement
  • budget with rationale
  • case studies
  • chart, graph or visual aid
  • data collection
  • executive summary
  • fieldwork
  • films
  • flow chart
  • games
  • in-class exercises
  • journaling
  • model building
  • nursing care plan
  • observations
  • oral reports
  • peer review and/or tutoring
  • poem, play
  • predictions based on logic
  • problem sets
  • simulations
  • summary or précis
  • taxonomy or set of categories