Assignment Library Tag: Civic and Global Learning

Drawing Exhibition: From Local to Global

Description Students plan and prepare a public juried art exhibition of their drawings of a local historical site.  Their drawings must depict both the contemporary and historical meaning of the site. They also write informational and explanatory text panels to accompany the exhibition. The text must explain what the historical site means to the individual… Read more »

“SEES” the Problem: A Critical Thinking Strategy for Solving Word Problems in Math

Description The “SEES” strategy is a step-by-step methodology that is intended to help undergraduate math students solve real-world application problems.  Real-world application problems in math, often called “word” problems, generally prove to be difficult for undergraduate students, requiring practice in a specific set of problem-solving skills. The implementation of the “SEES” strategy which is outlined… Read more »

The Solutions to Poverty Project

Description The Solutions to Poverty Project engages an entire class of undergraduate students in identifying causes of and developing potential solutions to reducing poverty that are supported by empirical research, and framed within a family resource management perspective and Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory. The overall goal is to increase students’ critical thinking about the topic of poverty… Read more »

Bookends: Connecting Communication and Community from Gateway to Capstone

Description “Bookends” is actually two assignments linked together to assess programmatic learning outcomes related to “applied and collaborative learning” within a Communication Studies department.  The first assignment, which is completed in the “gateway” (the introductory course that introduces majors to the discipline), is a collaborative project in which students explore ways in which communication can… Read more »

Final Paper: Proposing a Solution to a Global Problem

Description The purpose and focus of the assignment are to have students apply what they have learned about a global problem to propose an evidence-based solution, to critically evaluate a local institution or organization in terms of the proposed solution, and to hypothesize their own involvement in the solution. This signature assignment and rubric were… Read more »

Power line sag analysis

Description The assignment puts students in the context of working for an engineering consulting firm asked by a city council to model the sag of high voltage transmission lines, and consider health implications of electromagnetic fields around the lines. Student teams are allowed to select a municipality. The assignment is part of a course deliberately… Read more »

Group ePortfolio Project: Applying an Ethical Perspective to a Global Issue

Description The “Group ePortfolio Project: Applying an Ethical Perspective to a Global Issue” assesses the quality of student engagement with fundamental issues that concern the global community. It also challenges students to work together to synthesize and present an interpretive analysis of information gathered on global issues. These issues call for students to consider their… Read more »

Public Relations Group Project Assignment

Description Students in my Public Relations class work in teams to create fictional non-profits to address a particular social issue or problem.  The assignment is for a sophomore/junior level Public Relations course.  The assignment is introduced on the first day of the course.  Teams are created and the assignment will be worked on throughout the… Read more »