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Assignment using Communication and Interaction Resources

Assignment using Communication and Interaction Resources
California State University, Fresno
Radiolab has an excellent episode documenting how you would assign a price tag to nature used as a foundation for discussion. This is the 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.

Home Page Buttons

Home Page Buttons
California State University, Fresno
Graphics for homepage buttons to enhance the look and usability of the landing page for students. These were created in Canva by the instructor and include the following: Click here to begin, This way to Modules, Click Here for announcements, and Virtual Asynchronous Office.

Wellness Check Discussion

Wellness Check Discussion
California State University, Fresno
This brief weekly discussion created in the Canvas, helps facilitate a line of communication between the student and the instructor by providing a way for students to check-in. The discussion encourages them to let the instructor know how they are doing in regards to the class or just life. It helps them know that there is someone else out there that has their back and is concerned about how they are doing and lets the instructor know if there is a need to contact the student for additional assistance. In addition, the discussion can be used as a way to monitor student participation.

Peer Part Planning

Peer Part Planning
California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
The course teaches students how to best use 3D CAD modeling software. Each assignment requires a large amount of planning and forethought before starting to make a model. To help address this issue, the Peer Part Planning assignment breaks students into small groups and has them come up with a basic plan/outline for how they can approach the creation of the model.

Help Module with Diversity Survey

Help Module with Diversity Survey
California State University, Fresno
This Help Module was developed to reduce the number of questions commonly asked each semester. These include topics related to Health, Writing, and Tutoring, just to name few. Included in this module is the Student Diversity Survey, created in Google Forms, asking questions such as their Gender Pronoun and their access to technology. This allows the instructor to get a socio-economic and personal read of each student at the beginning of the term.

Welcome and Introduction Assignment (4.1)

Welcome and Introduction Assignment (4.1)
California State University, Northridge
This graded icebreaker activity uses Padlet as a way for students to get to know each other the first week of the course. In this introductory 'Meet and Greet' students create a post, with an optional picture, and share a little about themselves. This includes their pronouns, what they like to be called, as well as future goals. The students are asked to respond to their peers and the instructor also adds a post on the Padlet to get the conversations started.

Active Learning with TEDEd

Active Learning with TEDEd
San Jose State University
Using TEDEd to increase active learning and peer-to-peer engagement, students answer questions and participate in a discussion in a video lesson. The TEDEd lesson replaces what was previously a passive learning experience where students answered standard questions for a weekly written assignment without actively engaging with the content or with their peers.

Partner Discussions on VoiceThread

Partner Discussions on VoiceThread
California State University, Fullerton
VoiceThread was selected for this activity to allow students to engage in audio/video discussions with partners in an asynchronous environment without having to create separate discussion boards or threads for each pair. The example includes instructions, prompts, and how to set up the discussion in VoiceThread. This activity can be easily adapted and used for any course that has students partner and discuss a theme, topic, article, or other course material.

TED Ed Lesson for Research Course

TED Ed Lesson for Research Course
San Jose State University
This is a TedEd Lesson introducing the differences between qualitative and quantitative research. This lesson uses a short video instead of an assigned reading with embedded questions and a group discussion to support active learning and engagement.

Collaborative Communication Guide using Google Slides and EdPuzzle

Collaborative Communication Guide using Google Slides and EdPuzzle
California State University, Fullerton
Working in groups, students create a course content resource guide to reinforce expected course mastery and the learning of new technical skills. Students first develop the Guide in their groups, create a Google Slide presentation, and finally create an active learning video of the Guide using EdPuzzle.

Possible Lives Mapping Activity with Accompanying Jamboard

Possible Lives Mapping Activity with Accompanying Jamboard
California Polytechnic State University, Humboldt
HSU has been implementing a range of Career Development activities within courses and majors to help students prepare and translate their time in college to the potential fields and careers of interest. One of these activities leads students through imagining a range of possible lives they could have through different careers and mapping out how to prepare for them. The activity comes from "You Majored in What" by Katharine Brooks and has been adapted for a classroom environment. In an online environment - students can post their Possible Lives Maps onto their own slide in a collection of Jamboards and interact with each other by posting post-its and commenting.

Jamboard for Online Office Hour

Jamboard for Online Office Hour
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Students often come to online office hours to review methods covered as a team in a Google Doc-based guided inquiry exercise. During the office hour, concepts are reviewed but not practiced. The use of Jamboard during the office hour recreates some of the key parts of the guided inquiry exercise and allows students to work on the same Jamboard so that office hours become more dynamic and get closer to the feel of a “face-to-face” environment.

Preparing for the Next Zoom Session

Preparing for the Next Zoom Session
California Polytechnic State University, Humboldt
This assignment is designed to guide students in preparing for and engaging in a synchronous small group discussion in breakout rooms in a Zoom session on a specific course topic. The activity asks students to think about and discuss the topic of the next Zoom session to encourage richer dialogue in the synchronous session.

Student Intro Survey

Student Intro Survey
California State University, Channel Islands
Students can complete this brief survey at the beginning of the semester after they have read through the syllabus and explored the Canvas shell. The intent of the survey is to help the instructor learn more about their students, create a sense of support and empathy, and give students an opportunity to share their concerns ahead of time.

Getting Ready for the Next Zoom Session

Getting Ready for the Next Zoom Session
California Polytechnic State University, Humboldt
This assignment is designed to guide students in preparing for and engaging in a synchronous small group discussion in breakout rooms in a synchronous Zoom session on a specific course topic. The activity asks students to think about and discuss the topic of the next Zoom session to encourage richer dialogue in the synchronous session.