Assignment Library Tag: Communicative Fluency

The Eloquent Letter

Description Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” The Eloquent Letter is an authentic, adaptable assignment for acquiring critical skills: identifying and researching social problems, examining value systems and diverse perspectives, communicating effectively, and proposing solutions based on common ground. Moving beyond traditional argumentation essays and debates, this project situates activism and writing “in… Read more »

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 »

Assessment of Essential Studies Quantitative Reasoning Skills

Description This task is used for the assessment of Quantitative Reasoning (which the DQP refers to as Quantitative Fluency).  It has been used to assess quantitative reasoning skills of students in our campus-wide general education Essential Studies (ES) program.  This assignment is not specific to any course.  Rather, it can be used broadly for undergraduate… 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 »

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 »

Literary Analysis Research Essay

Description This assignment is an 8-10 page literacy research and argument essay, standard at most universities. It requires the use of at least eight outside, scholarly sources. Students work on the assignment throughout the term, and it serves as their culminating assessment for English 104, the second course in a two-course composition sequence. Background and Context This… Read more »

Correlation Assignment

Description This assignment was designed for Developmental Psychopathology, 361.  Because the course includes majors, who would at least have had Research I, and possibly Statistics, as well as non-majors, who might have had neither, a fair amount of scaffolding is required.  This includes making available tutorials to remind students (or inform them for the first… Read more »

Gender in a Foreign Culture Assignment

Description ​This assignment is designed to provide a rigorous semester-capping research and writing experience in a second-semester freshman course on writing, gender issues, and research methods. More specifically, it aims to engage students in a comparative analytical study of social and cultural traditions, problems, and forms of progress in a foreign society. Background and Context… Read more »