Building Effective Assignments in Virtual Classroom Environment

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A presentation at the KCPDC conference on Enhancing Learning and Teaching, Kansas City, March 3, 2012

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Building Effective Assignments in Virtual Classroom Environment

  1. 1. Building Effective Assignments in Virtual Classroom Environments March 3, 2012 CTU faculty : CTU Librarian: Powerpoint Templates Jeannie Antes Kelley Emmett Olga Koz Page 1
  2. 2. AGENDA • Students’ perspectives • Librarian’s perspectives • How a librarian can help Powerpoint Templates Page 2
  3. 3. Students want: • Consistency in assignments’ design across all courses • Clear, unambiguous, descriptive directions • Know the purpose • Know about format & genre and see a sample of the paper or other work • Know about performance criteria Powerpoint Templates Page 3
  4. 4. A Librarian or a Tutor wants: The same as what a student wants and… • The assignment indicates the kinds of materials that will be acceptable • Assignment that helps to develop critical thinking, research and problem solving skills • Integrated assignments Powerpoint Templates Page 4
  5. 5. Librarian recommends • Include sources that students can mine for relevant information • Name type of resources you don’t want students to use • Name type of resources that you want students to use (Scholarly or Educational) Powerpoint Templates Page 5
  6. 6. Why collaborate with a librarian? 1. A Librarian can assist with resources for an assignment 2. A Librarian is knowledgeable about copyright, open access and preventing plagiarism 3. Very often a Librarian is a tutor and a research assistant and can share his/her observation of students works on assignments Powerpoint Templates Page 6
  7. 7. Resources for assignments Textbooks online companions Cengage Brain McGraw-Hill and Glencoe  Pearson CourseSmart Powerpoint Templates Page 7
  8. 8. Academic Web Library and open source academic resources for faculty Powerpoint Templates Page 8
  9. 9. Open Educational Resources (OER) Types of OERs • • Open courseware (MOOC) Open textbooks AcademicPub (http://www.academicpub.sharedbook.com/) Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (http://oerconsortium.org/) • Open software, games and apps Popular web sites: OEC http://www.oercommons.org/ Merlot http://www.merlot.org/ Powerpoint Templates Page 9
  10. 10. CTU Library guide for Faculty URL: http://careered.libguides.com/ctu/faculty_center Faculty Center has aTemplates assignments Powerpoint section on Page 10
  11. 11. Embedding library resources into the classroom portal URL: Powerpoint Templates http://careered.libguides.com/ctu/integrating_portal Page 11
  12. 12. Ask a librarian to create a guide to the research assignment Powerpoint Templates Page 12
  13. 13. Ask a librarian to be a classroom research assistant • Librarians could be embedded inside the online classroom • Invite a librarian to be a part of the Online Discussion Board or a Forum, conduct a Chat session about using library for a specific assignment Powerpoint Templates Page 13
  14. 14. Ask a librarian to be a class co-instructor Some Librarians are instructors and teach Information Literacy or Research Skills classes Powerpoint Templates Page 14
  15. 15. References Starr H., (2011) Embedded academic librarian experiences in online courses: Roles, faculty collaboration, and opinion, Library Management, 32 (6/7), 444 - 456 Powerpoint Templates Page 15
  16. 16. Additional Resources • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center – touted as ‘world’s largest digital library of education literature): http://www.eric.ed.gov/ • Faculty Center http://careered.libguides.com/ctu/faculty_center Powerpoint Templates Page 16

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