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Enhance Student Engagement and Interaction in Group Assignments in STEM

Enhance Student Engagement and Interaction in Group Assignments in STEM
California State University, San Bernardino
Haiyan Qiao, an Instructor at CSU San Bernardino, utilized slides to develop a guided group assignment discussion for an asynchronous online course. This can be used as a reference/template for structured group discussions to promote student interaction and facilitate collaborative problem-solving in a group assignment.

Essay Outline Peer Review Activity

Essay Outline Peer Review Activity
Sacramento State University
Joshua Pryor, an Instructor at Sacramento State University, utilized the peer-review feature in Canvas where students submit an essay outline and are asked to complete a peer-review rubric for 2 other student outlines. Finally, students need to upload their completed peer-review rubrics to Canvas.

Essay Rubric

Essay Rubric
California State University, Stanislaus
Erin Hughes, an Instructor from CSU Stanislaus, provides a rubric to grade written essays and set clear grading standards/expectations for students. The point values can easily be added based on each writing assignment. The use of this rubric streamlines the grading process and allows for more comprehensive feedback on specific points addressed in the rubric.

Example Discussion Rubric

Example Discussion Rubric
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Juila Alber, and instructor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, developed this 5-point rubric which describes how the student will be graded for their initial post and their reply on an Introduction Discussion.

Example VoiceThread Discussion

Example VoiceThread Discussion
California State University, San Bernardino
Instructor Carol Gabaldon from CSU San Bernardino, uses VoiceThread to enhance peer-to-peer engagement while adhering to accessibility and universal design principles. The tool VoiceThread provides an accessible platform for audio, video, and text formats, encourages peer-to-peer discussion, and is easily embedded in the Canvas Learning Management System.

Excel in Agribusiness

Excel in Agribusiness
California State University, Fresno
Neil Tung, a Lecturer at Fresno State in Applied Microcomputing for Agribusiness Management, created a PowerPoint presentation introducing students to the basics of Excel. This includes why Excel is used in Agribusiness and the reasons the instructor has found it a valuable tool throughout his career. The use of spreadsheets, database management, applications to basic farm accounting and financial budgeting, farm production recordkeeping, and commodity price trend tracking using Excel functions and formulas are highlighted in this presentation.

Exploring Human Energy Systems and Human Activities

Exploring Human Energy Systems and Human Activities
California State University, Fresno
Michael Cole, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed a Canvas discussion board activity that provides an opportunity for students to engage in an undergraduate Exercise Physiology class learning module that is focused on understanding and applying concepts and ideas related to human energy systems. In this activity, students access highlights of events from the most recent Olympic games and discuss the use of the human energy systems in the context of the characteristics of these events (duration, intensity, etc.).

Exploring Inclusivity in the Apparel Industry & Digital Badging Assignment

Exploring Inclusivity in the Apparel Industry & Digital Badging Assignment
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Helen Trejo, an Assistant Professor from Cal Poly Pomona, designed an assignment that includes 3 choices of apparel industry documentaries available through a library resource to help students build competency in Inclusivity with a Digital Badge. After viewing a documentary focused on the significant role of minoritized populations in the apparel industry, students are asked to apply Inclusivity key learnings to a group project and reflect. This aims to increase student awareness of struggles and community-based solutions that can increase their cultural responsiveness. The general structure and discussion questions can be modified to fit many classes, as along as appropriate multimedia is identified.

Facilitating Asynchronous Debates

Facilitating Asynchronous Debates
California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt
Jill Anderson, an Instructor at Cal Poly Humboldt, developed a debate activity for an asynchronous online class that facilitates peer-to-peer interactions and critical thinking. This debate utilizes the online platform Kialo to host and organize the debate. This tool assists with the organization of information is an accessible tool that integrates with Canvas.

Fashion Analysis

Fashion Analysis
California State University, Fresno
Lizhu Davis, an Instructor at Fresno State, created an assignment which includes; 1) the purpose and learning objectives of the assignment, 2) streamlined the guideline to give students a clearer instruction, and 3) a well developed grading rubric. Students are also given choice around how they want to approach the assignment.

Feedback Timeline Statement

Feedback Timeline Statement
California State University, Northridge
In this example Virginia Huynh, Instructor from CSU Northridge, includes a feedback timeline statement in her syllabus.

Final Course Reflection

Final Course Reflection
California State University, Fresno
Mary Bennett, an Instructional Designer at Fresno State and the QLT Program Manager, shares a creative use of Meme's for the final course reflection. Course participants are asked to share a piece of advice or a tip for someone else taking the course and why it is important. Students are encouraged to not only reply by text but also create a Meme illustrating their advice.

Final Course Reflection Discussion

Final Course Reflection Discussion
California State University, Fresno
Mary Bennett, an Instructional Designer at Fresno State and the QLT Course Program Manager, developed a final course reflection discussion where students first read a short article that summarizes some of the major topics in the course. They are then asked to reflect back on their overall learning experience by responding to specific prompts aligned with the course objectives.

Final Project Rubric

Final Project Rubric
California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt
Elias Pence, an Instructor at Cal Poly Humboldt, built a rubric to measure understanding of the assignment topic, in-class engagement, and care and effort in completing the assignment. Using the Canvas rubric tool was helpful in measuring the criteria of Demonstration of Understanding, Care and Effort, and In Class Engagement against the ratings of Excellent, Proficient, Needs Development, and Incomplete.

Front Page Design Example

Front Page Design Example
California State University, Stanislaus
Wura Jacobs, an Instructor from CSU Stanislaus, provides a visually interesting front page design that uses five header icons for easy access to course pages/content.