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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.

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 .

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.

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.

Assignments on Using Generative AI for Resume Enhancement

Assignments on Using Generative AI for Resume Enhancement
California State University, Channel Islands
Dr. Vida Vakilian, an Associate Professor at CSU Channel Islands, developed a series of innovative assignments for students, focusing on how to leverage Generative AI (GenAI) technologies to enhance their resume preparation. These assignments guide students through using AI tools to draft and refine their resumes. Additionally, Dr. Vakilian incorporated an assignment on Ethical Considerations in GenAI, ensuring that students not only gain practical skills but also understand the ethical implications of using AI in their professional development.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.