Assignment Library Tag: VALUE Rubrics

Informational Interview Assignment

Description The Informational Interview is an activity that students undertake concurrently with or parallel to their engagement in our Academic Internship Program. This program is a full academic semester in which they undertake a substantial professional internship, as well as engage in academic coursework and professional development programming. The write-up of the interview becomes an… Read more »

Internship Semester Capstone Reflection Essay

Description This Capstone Reflection assignment prompts students to reflect on their learning over the course of a full academic semester in which they have completed a substantial professional internship, as well as engaged in academic coursework and professional development programming. It provides an important artifact for the portfolio of work students assemble over the course… Read more »

Integrated I-Search Project Based on Common Read

Description This assignment is used in our first semester required freshman seminar course. Each year, we select a book—the “common read”—set in a foreign country, to be read by the entire freshman class. To help students make a connection to the country we are studying, students must complete an I-Search project that relates to a… Read more »

Assessing Written Communication, Information Literacy and Oral Communication in a Senior Mathematics and Computer Science Capstone

Description In this two-part assignment, students are asked to prepare an oral presentation and write a paper that integrates their knowledge from their course of study in computer science, computer information systems or mathematics.  The basis for these talks and papers is generally the student’s experience working on a year-long research project, a service learning… Read more »

Summative Assessment Data from a Single Course-Embedded Artifact: The Senior Capstone

Description This assignment is the final scholarly paper in a core capstone course entitled “The Human Costs of Inequality,” which surveys economic, racial, and gender-based inequality within the US and across the globe.  It asks students to identify a form of inequality not discussed in the course and to propose/critique possible solutions.  It has proven… Read more »

Capstone Manuscript Speech

Description Each student takes an academic research paper that they completed for an upper division major course and turns it into a 4-6 minute manuscript speech for a general audience which is recorded and aired via our local Access television or radio station for a period of 4 weeks and then archived on the Community… Read more »

Producing Historical Knowledge

Description This assignment is intended to help students develop independent analytical skills with respect to written primary sources that are short and/or fragmentary, and to consider the way in which historical knowledge is produced.  The assignment is scaffolded such that students prepare for the culminating essay through structured, collaborative activities designed to build their skills… Read more »

What’s the Relationship? Are Those Behaviors Really Related? Correlational Research Assignment

Description This assignment is used in Psychology 138: Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences. It is the culminating activity for the unit on correlational research, which is covered in the middle of the semester. The assignment originally was developed in FY13 as part of an AAC&U Quality Collaboratives partnership between Middlesex and UMass Lowell that focuses… Read more »

Enzyme Kinetics and Reversible Inhibitors

Description​ This assignment is for an upper level biochemistry course. It uses enzyme kinetics to assess quantitative literacy and the student’s ability to translate mathematical relationships into biochemical processes. The first part can be done in groups (for larger classes) or individually. The second part is an exam question that is used for individual assessment.… Read more »