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TedED Activity: Does School Kill Creativity?

TedED Activity: Does School Kill Creativity?
California State University, San Bernardino
Title: Does School Kill Creativity? Description: This activity facilitates interactive learning and student participation with an online video. Using the TedED tool, it is able to increase the understanding of complex theories in developmental science, specifically the trade-off between learning and education, and respective cognitive outcomes. The link is embedded in Canvas, allowing for easy accessibility. The activity also includes reference to an additional scientific report that supports the theories discussed.

Peer Engagement using Google Jamboard

Peer Engagement using Google Jamboard
California State University, San Bernardino
Alycia Granado, Instructor from CSU San Barnardino, created a Jamboard assignment for online child development courses. This Jamboard activity encourages both active learning and peer engagement. Students will share their knowledge of attachment styles, behaviors, and mediators.

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.

Collaborative Note-Taking Space Using Google Slides

Collaborative Note-Taking Space Using Google Slides
California State University, Fresno
Katy Tarrant, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed a collaborative note taking space in Google Slides. The collaborative space will promote student agency in note taking work as others will see the work. Additionally, this resource will allow students to have access to different perspectives and interpretations of the lecture material

Panopto Video Lecture Created to Help Students Make Connections between Content and Their Life Experience

Panopto Video Lecture Created to Help Students Make Connections between Content and Their Life Experience
California State University, Stanislaus
Julie Kaley, Instructor from CSU Stanislaus created a video lecture as a follow-up to students reading a chapter in text. The video highlights a current event article in Forbes and she encourages students to make connections about the current evironment Post-COVID. The video is created using "Panopto" an accessible campus adopted technology which provides captions and ease of use for the learner. The video is an easy example to promote student engagement in asynchronious online courses.

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.

Badges in Canvas: Connect the Dots Between Course Outcomes & Career Skills

Badges in Canvas: Connect the Dots Between Course Outcomes & Career Skills
California State University, Channel Islands
Kristen Linton, Instructor from California State University, Channel Islands, created two Badges in Canvas associated with specific learning outcomes and career skills. Eligibility to receive the badges was set using a rubric that assessed the students' skill, which is public. Students who receive badges can post the badge to the LinkedIn profiles and potential employers can click it to see a description of the assignment and criteria that needed to be met in order to receive the badge.

The Project Approach: Creating a STEM Focused Learner Bulb

The Project Approach: Creating a STEM Focused Learner Bulb
California State University, Channel Islands
Regan Bynder, Instructor from California State University, Channel Islands, created an interactive assignment supporting learner engagement with Playposit. Students will select 1 of the 4 videos provided, develop 3-5 questions they can ask about teacher practices, techniques, and activities used to support integration of science, technology, engineering and math concepts throughout the video, and create a learner bulb with their questions for peers to respond to.

Using VoiceThread to Create a Presentation for a Spanish Project

Using VoiceThread to Create a Presentation for a Spanish Project
California State University, Channel Islands
Samanta de Frutos García, an Instructor of Spanish at CSU Channel Islands, created a final project assignment for SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II. The template provides guidelines for students to create a VoiceThread presentation using vocabulary, grammatical constructions, and cultural knowledge learned in this course using the free Spanish textbook Libro Libre. This project assesses students’ ability to answer questions and report orally to demonstrate basic functional proficiency in Spanish, talk about familiar topics, compare and contrast cultural similarities and differences between the United States and Spanish-speaking countries, and present the information and cultural insights gained through the TalkAbroad sessions. This can be modified to fit any class.

Using VoiceThread to an Create Effective and Creative Assignment

Using VoiceThread to an Create Effective and Creative Assignment
California State University, Channel Islands
Diana Lenko, Instructor from California State University, Channel Islands, used VoiceThread to create an assignment that encouraged peer-to-peer learning and enabled students to participate and collaborate using one of five powerful commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload, and do it at their own pace. The collaboration tool is also fully integrated into Canvas, so students and instructors don't have to log in to the platform separately. By watching videos of exemplary speakers and exploring the key leadership concepts in action, students gained insights into the communication strategies and leadership attributes essential to effective leaders.

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.

Syllabus - Detailed Rubrics & Collaborative Teamwork Project with Choice

Syllabus - Detailed Rubrics & Collaborative Teamwork Project with Choice
California State University, Los Angeles
Michelle Lopez, an Instructor from CSU Los Angeles, provides a detailed syllabus for CLS 1300. Included in the syllabus are very detailed rubrics and assignment instructions for two team projects that include collaboration and choice. Topics are related to policy and legislation and its' impact on diverse communities in California.

Sample To Do List

Sample To Do List
California State University, Fresno
In this example Mary Bennett, an Instructional Designer from Fresno State, shares a detailed checklist with due dates and times for a module.

Addressing Microagression in an Online Class

Addressing Microagression in an Online Class
California State University, Northridge
Ning Fu, Instructor in the Marketing Dept. at CSU Northridge, shares a couple examples for how he addresses microagressions or disrespectful comments in class.

Discussions - Current World Events

Discussions - Current World Events
California State University, Stanislaus
Aprile Stacey, Instructor from CSU Stanislaus, starts each class session (module) with sharing about relevant/current world events related to the topics they are learning about in class. She also invites students to orally share or post in the "Course Questions Forum" if they have something to share.

Empathetic Interview

Empathetic Interview
California State University, Fresno
This is an example to show how Fresno State Professor, Dr. Kate Kafonek simulates an experience in her class where students practice interviewing each other to develop empathetic listening skills through the lens of white privilege. Media is used and students are practicing developing empathetic listening skills as they reflect on reading a chapter in a Criminology class. Question prompts could be modified across disciplines and used to invite students to talk about different perspectives (e.g., discussion forum, synchronous Zoom break-out rooms).

Using Cultural Background Experiences to Develop a Collage

Using Cultural Background Experiences to Develop a Collage
California State University, Fresno
Matt Hopson-Walker, an Instructor from Fresno State, developed a lesson where students use their cultural background experiences to develop a collage creating an original image in an art class.

Assignment Exploring Systems of Oppression and Power

Assignment Exploring Systems of Oppression and Power
California State University, Northridge
Casey terHorst, an Instructor at CSU Northridge, developed an assignment that provides a space for students to explore systems of oppression and power. The purpose of the assignment is to connect the course topic "Human Evolution" and experiences of the students.

A Letter to an Elected Official Assignment

A Letter to an Elected Official Assignment
California State University, Northridge
In this example, CSU Northridge Instructor Kristy Michaud, assigns "A Letter to an Elected Official" assignment that is aimed to increase their sense of agency by writing a letter to an elected official about an issue that has an impact on them and their community.

Wrap-Up Message After a Microaggression has Occurred in Class

Wrap-Up Message After a Microaggression has Occurred in Class
California State University, Northridge
Kristy Michaud, an Instructor from CSU Northridge, provides an example of a wrap-up message where she acknowledges the grace in which the class navigated a difficult conversation around a microaggression that occurred in class.

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.

Optional Assignment - Choice

Optional Assignment - Choice
California State University, Northridge
Ning Fu, an Instructor from CSU Northridge, provides an optional assignment where students can complete and attain a "Google Analytics Certificate" that they can include in their resume. This certification will be relevant for students upon graduation.

Infographic of Communication Policy

Infographic of Communication Policy
California State University, Fullerton
Greg Childers, an Associate Professor of Physics at CSU Fullerton, describes in his syllabus his communication policy. He breaks down his communication policy for his office hours, telephone calls and emails. He also shares his policy using an infographic.

Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice

Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice
California State University, Fresno
Ryan Ditchfield, an Instructor at Fresno State, creatively organizes group discussions providing students an opportunity to self-assign themselves to a group discussion topic that interest them in his "Eyewitness Identification-FTB 159T" class. In the group discussions they have the choice to pick a role - Researcher, Eyewitness, Defense Attorney, Police Officer, Suspect, and Timekeeper and throughout the semester the students will also be changing to a different group and also change their role. This example represents student choice and group roles in discussions.

Module Overview Page

Module Overview Page
California State University, Fresno
Professor Christine Edmondson from Fresno State, created Module Overview pages for her Movies and Mental Illness class. Each page contains a To-Do list, Module Directory, Module Orientation Video as well as a Video Guide.

Two Assignments Providing Choice for Students

Two Assignments Providing Choice for Students
San Jose State University
Eileen Carroll, an Instructor from San Jose State University, provides samples of two assignments where students are given choice in the topic to explore for each assignment (e.g, List of medical diagnoses and List of Medications).

Student Discussion Sharing a Product Review

Student Discussion Sharing a Product Review
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Javed Seif, Instructor from Cal Poly Pomona, shares a discussion board activity where student share their personal experiences about a product which they were not satisfied with (similar to an Amazon review comment). Students interact with one another by responding to another student identifying a dimension of quality (from the Eight Dimensions provided in the video lesson) the experience relates to.

Prompt and Rubric Reflective Writing Assignment

Prompt and Rubric Reflective Writing Assignment
California State University, Fullerton
Krista Henderson, an Instructor from CSU Fullerton, shares a detailed writing assignment where students describe the scope of their previous sexual education and describe what the "ideal" sex ed program is. The instructor provides 6 question prompts and a detailed rubric which provides 5 criteria for evaluating the essay.

Lab Assignment Connecting Students to Their Community

Lab Assignment Connecting Students to Their Community
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Weimin Li, an Instructor from Cal Poly Pomona, developed a module lab assignment. This lab assignment includes includes an activity with students exploring the hardware and software that they will use in a GIS lab. The activity has students using a database from LA county to apply mapping skills.

Journalism Ethics Scenarios

Journalism Ethics Scenarios
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Timothy Drachlis from Fresno State, created an exercise and discussion whereby students learn more about journalism ethics. Working in groups, students select from 5 scenarios where they collaboratively develop a presentation using lectures, readings, and research as they apply the code of ethics to their respective scenario.

How You'll Use It - Pauling's Rules

How You'll Use It - Pauling's Rules
California State University, Fresno
Keith Putrika, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed a summative assessment where students apply Pauling's Rules and related concepts in mineralogy, to assess an environmental issue that might mimic the ways in which the concepts could be used in practice. The accompanying grading rubric includes percentages for the characteristics as well as a letter grade for the corresponding criteria.

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.

Assignment Using Transparent Assignment Design and Mind Mapping

Assignment Using Transparent Assignment Design and Mind Mapping
California State University, Los Angeles
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.

Active Learning with Video using Playposit

Active Learning with Video using Playposit
California State University, Los Angeles
Tammy Aguilar, Instructor from CSU Los Angeles uses video platform Playposit to transform a static viewing experience to one that is active and engaging. As students watch the lecture video explaining the difference between an IEP and a 504 Plan they will come across three embedded questions that they are required to answer.

Community Policies Presentation

Community Policies Presentation
California State University, Northridge
Joannie Aguayo, an Instructor from CSU Northridge, shares a presentation which provides course community policies, including a diversity statement, commitment to gender-neutral language, microaggressions or biased-language, netiquette, web-cam etiquette, academic honesty, tips for success.

Active Learning Through a Team Project

Active Learning Through a Team Project
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Wu Lin, an Instructor at Cal Poly Pomona, designed a team project in an asynchronous online class to improve active learning. The project is chunked into weekly tasks and due at the end of the semester to facilitate and support active learning with frequent peer to peer engagement. in addition to helping students reinforce what they learned in class, the project also helps students develop various skills, including collaboration skills which will help them be successful beyond the class.

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.

Preparing and Brainstorming for Experiential Lab Group Activity

Preparing and Brainstorming for Experiential Lab Group Activity
California State University, Fresno
Professor Emerita Betty Garcia from Fresno State, developed a small group activity where students are asked to brainstorm about "possible" "presenting problems" that would be brought to a group with the identified focus (i.e., graduate student stress) using Zoom breakout rooms. The purpose of this activity is to reflect on the role they will take in the group and in preparing and planning for the class lab group activity. The multi-sequence activity involves students thinking about options and choosing one. Possible presenting problems are posted on Jamboard for all students to review and factor into their decision-making about what "presenting problem" will be theirs.

Digital Storyboard Assignment with Peer-to-Peer Interaction

Digital Storyboard Assignment with Peer-to-Peer Interaction
California State University, Fresno
Dr. Gina Sandi-Diaz, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses a shared Google Drive where students upload their Digital Storyboard assignment created in Google Slides using the Pecha Kucha 20x20 format. Students are required to visit each other's storyboards and provide feedback to peers. Finally, students use a Google Jamboard to document what they learned from visiting their peer's assignments.

Introduction to American Politics

Introduction to American Politics
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Tremblay Pinar, an Instructor at Cal Poly Pomona, developed an assignment where students are asked to think about a law in their own majors and provide a change proposal (a new or revised law) in a letter to the senator. Students collaborate using Stormboard, an online whiteboard, to first discuss issues in their own field with their peers before deciding on the law they want to explore and propose a change in the letter.

Scientific Publication Mock Process for Introductory Chemistry Lab Course

Scientific Publication Mock Process for Introductory Chemistry Lab Course
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Melissa Garrett from Fresno State, teaches students how scientific information is disseminated by mimicking the process. In this assignment, the students are asked to write a manuscript on a designated lab experiment and submit their papers for "publication" to the instructor who takes on the role of the journal editor before sending the paper for anonymous peer reviews.

Active Learning Lesson with a TEDEd Video

Active Learning Lesson with a TEDEd Video
California State University, San Bernardino
Anna Phillips, an Instructor at CSU San Bernardino, developed an active learning activity with the user-friendly and broad application of the TEDEd lesson builder. The lesson includes the components of Watch, Think, Dig Deeper and Discuss. Questions are linked to specific sections of the video and students are also asked to answer short-answer questions.

Alternative Assessment - Infographic Assignment

Alternative Assessment - Infographic Assignment
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Maurice Stefanee, an Instructor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, provides students choice in developing a Leadership Philosophy Infographic assignment which also includes citations for technology resources .