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Assignment Using Transparent Assignment Design and Mind Mapping

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Margaret Finnegan, an Instructor from CSU Los Angeles, shares an information literacy project in which students choose a topic related to a criminal justice career that they would like to learn more about and find sources to support their opinion. The assignment description uses the “Transparent Assignment Design” template which makes learning more explicit for students. It also offers a different way to demonstrate mastery with students creating a mind-map created with bubbl.us.

QLT Objectives Met

  • QLT Section 3: Instructional Materials and Resources
    • Objective: 3.3 The instructor articulates the purpose of all materials as to how they are related to the course and module learning objectives.
  • QLT Section 5: Facilitation and Instruction
    • Objective: 5.2 The instructor clearly helps students make connections between the content and the course activities, and how their life experience and mastery of concepts gained in the course will integrate into their college degree, future career, and role as a global citizen.
    • Objective: 5.4 The instructor empowers students with choices to encourage the exploration of new concepts and new perspectives through the course experience.
  • QLT Section 6: Technology for Teaching and Learning
    • Objective: 6.3 The instructor provides clear information regarding access to the technology and related resources required in the course.


Additional Information

  • Material Type: Assignment
  • Author: Margaret Finnegan, Instructor
  • Institution: California State University, Los Angeles
  • Date Created: 2021-07-12
  • Course Format:   Online

QM Standard Equivalents

  • QM General Standard 4: Instructional Materials
  • Standard: 4.1 The instructional materials contribute to the achievement of the stated learning objectives.
  • Standard: 4.2 The relationship between the use of instructional materials in the course and completion of learning activities and assessments is clearly explained.
  • QM General Standard 6: Course Technology
  • Standard: 6.2 Course tools promote learner engagement and active learning.