Over the last few months I have worked with several members of the library team to help create four displays of my students’ work! Everyone has been so supportive – including the Associate Vice-President of Teaching and Learning, my Chair, the library staff, my students, and several members of my department. It has been an inspirational experience. Here are some images of the Poster Project and the Student Slide Show. In all of my first year undergraduate classes I assign my POSTER PROJECT assignment as a way to engage my students at the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. I always find this assignment rewarding for my students. It offers a helpful way to study, a different type of assignment, a way to engage visual learners, and I am usually surprised by their work. I sometimes have them work in groups of two or three. This Poster Project is not about replicating movie posters – the students know that the images they use should be original and thoughtful. It took several years to develop this assignment which was only a small percentage of their grade, at first, but now is worth 10%. The assignment has progressed a great deal since then.

I find that a rubric and examples are very helpful to the students. This project usually goes along with creating a slide show presentation and either creating a DILEMMA ONE SHEET or working on one of my Dilemmas. The Student Slide Show consists of taking information from their DILEMMA ONE SHEETS and adding images. I have a blog post on DILEMMA ONE SHEETS. The One Sheets the students create are similar to mine. The students must create an ethical question or dilemma and then narrow the focus of the trial or work of literature to reflect this dilemma. This process forces students to reflect upon the material from a specific perspective – it helps guide their work – they must be concise! On top of this, my students must relate the dilemma to a work of philosophy – the material used is either a section of a text or a shorter work. For instance, part of a Platonic dialogue or a shorter dialogue. They have studied the work for a month before they tackle these assignments. The assignment below is comparing the Theaetetus to A Scanner Darkly. Thank you to everyone involved in this wonderful adventure – including TpT. I would never have created these assignments without TpT. Before TpT the thought of spending even more time and energy creating and developing new assignments for my students was overwhelming. I have consulted with several sellers over the years and have worked hard to create my own products geared towards High School, College, and University students.

I’m not going to lie, this takes a lot of time, BUT it is worth it once I get into the middle of the semester and barely have time to wash my hair. Having a pre-planned study checklist keeps me on track and helps me start early on big projects. It also helps me see whether I am ahead of or behind schedule. It is just so much easier to know what I need to do right when I sit down and just start on it. My system for this is so easy. On all three of the above lists, I highlight the items that are currently in progress in yellow and I highlight them in pink when they are complete. It is so motivational for me to see what I’ve gotten done and how much further I have to go. I even use these on my to-do lists. No matter how small the task, marking things off of a to-do list is an awesome feeling! Keep it All Together. I keep all of my textbooks, notebooks, folders, planner, etc. together. The three bins at the bottom of my office bookshelves are dedicated to my classes. This makes it quick and easy for me to grab my school stuff to work on or throw in a bag on my way to class. No searching for lost items. This makes it so much easier for me to put things away too. And clean surfaces just make me feel so happy!

Note: This page is about using the new Assignment module in Moodle 2.3 onwards. For documentation on using Assignments (2.2), see Using Assignment in the 2.2 docs. The new assignment module in Moodle 2.3 combines the previous assignment types into a single assignment with editable settings. This means an assignment combining editable text and file submission can be created. So rather than ask “What type of assignment do I want? ” you can now add an assignment and select which options you need. It is also still possible to create an ‘offline’ assignment, ie. A file submission assignment allows students to submit/upload file(s) to be assessed, for example, a word document for an essay assignment. In Moodle 2.1 and earlier versions, this was known as ‘Upload a single file’ and/or ‘Advanced uploading of files’. The advantage of file submissions is students’ work is collated into one space, and it is easy to find. The assignments can be opened from within Moodle, or can be downloaded in bulk for marking. Ensure that ‘File Submissions’ is set to ‘Yes’.

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