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Assignment using a Podcast followed by an Interactive Activity using Jamboard & Discussion

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Aric Mine, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses an episode from Radiolab as a foundation for discussion in an introductory assignment in a climate change and environmental science class. It was formerly just a short answer response submission by individual students (file uploaded; screenshot of discussion prompt) which has now been expanded to include a discussion on Canvas that helps segway to the following week where water usage is introduced with a Jamboard (linked). This exercise engages students via three different means of communication and interaction. They listen to a podcast, reflect on their understanding and communicate that understanding in written form to the instructor and to their peers in an active discussion. They're also then subsequently engaged with a Jamboard that builds off this introductory activity, expanding the engagement tools used in this course.

QLT Objectives Met

  • QLT Section 3: Instructional Materials and Resources
    • Objective: 3.5 There is a variety of instructional material types that lead to more UDL/access and student engagement, while not overly relying on one content type such as text.
  • QLT Section 4: Student Interaction and Community
    • Objective: 4.4 Learning activities facilitate and support active learning that encourages frequent and ongoing peer–to–peer engagement.


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Additional Information

  • Material Type: Assignment
  • Author: Aric Mine, Instructor
  • Institution: California State University, Fresno
  • Date Created: 2021-07-27
  • Course Format:   Online

QM Standard Equivalents

  • QM General Standard 4: Instructional Materials
  • Standard: 4.5 A variety of instructional materials is used in the course.
  • QM General Standard 5: Learning Activities and Learner Interaction
  • Standard: 5.2 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning.