Assignment Library Tag: Applied and Collaborative Learning

Heritage Minute Assignment

Description In this assignment, students analyze a Canadian Heritage Minute (explained below) as a situated claim about Canadian identity. They are responsible for determining what the Minute is trying to say about Canada, and identifying what aspects of the event/topic were left out to make this claim. The goal is for students to understand that… Read more »

Disaster Analysis

Description The purpose of this assignment is to evaluate students’ ability to think critically about how natural disasters are portrayed in the media. Students are required to formulate an opinion, supported by evidence, on the accuracy of the information portrayed in the media and then communicate their thoughts to a specific audience. This assignment also… Read more »

Introduction to SPSS using Simulation via T tests, regression, and ANOVA

Brief Description Students use one-way between-subjects analysis of variance to answer a research question using a personalized data set. The students submit a formal APA style results section with appropriate tables, figures, and statistical tests to help support their findings. The assignment is designed to assess specialized knowledge, quantitative fluency, communicative fluency, and applied and… Read more »

The Digital Storytelling/8 Key Questions Assignment

​Description This assignment is a culmination of the skills students have developed and the knowledge they have gained over the semester in a basic communication course. For the first part of the assignment students collaborate as a team to conduct research on one of the four topics the group chooses to explore, develop actions the… Read more »

Service and Sustainability Learning Reflection

Description​ Reflecting on their semester-long service-learning experience, students: Describe the relationship between the concepts/theories they learned in class and the service they did in the community; Discuss the issue that their service addressed, including possible solutions; and Explain how the experience affected their personal (civic), academic, career goals/plans. The reflection addresses the following DQP proficiences… Read more »

Life Story Interview

Description This project teaches psychology students to apply academic theories to the “life story” of someone they interview.  Each student interviews an older relative or friend, and writes an 8-10 page paper.  The paper starts with a biography of the interviewee, divided into several “chapters” (“Leaving home,” “Starting a family”). Next, students analyze the life… Read more »

Research Project Packet (RPP)

Description The Research Project Packet (RPP) is a resource for both students and educators. The packet is designed to be incorporated and adapted into any course with a research and writing component, from the first year to the graduate course.  Its Creative Commons license allows educators to modify the packet materials to meet the needs… Read more »

Field Analysis

Description In a summative assessment for an introductory sociology course, students create a field log of their everyday experience and analyze their experiences through a sociological lens.  The purpose of this assessment is for students to understand themselves as actors in their society by considering the role they play in their families, workplaces, communities, campuses,… Read more »

Designing an object of play

Description Small groups of students combine theoretical knowledge of play and practical skills such as 3d printing in the making of a toy or game. The object of play is then presented in a “sales pitch” format, which requires students to articulate the considerations that went into their design and manufacture process. The presentation occurs… Read more »

Applying Psychological Concepts to a Real World Problem

Description This is a written assignment intended to measure how well students can take concepts they have learned within the General Psychology course and apply them to a novel situation and a real world problem—related to an individual’s becoming homeless. The goal is for students to be able to locate and evaluate evidence and draw… Read more »