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Mastering course content through creative assignments


Kramer and HolbrookElena Kramer, Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Noel Michele Holbrook, Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry, co-teach General Education course OEB 52: Biology of Plants through lectures, labs, field trips, and weekly quizzes that students use to combine concepts into a creative project at the end of the semester. The prompt, “Trace the rise of the sporophyte,” results in the production of resources like videos, art pieces, fashion magazines, original songs, poems, and children’s books that students present in an arts festival during the final class.

The benefits: Students have to refer back to course activities to help crystalize what they’ve been learning all semester, which ultimately helps them prepare for the final exam. Students tell Kramer the creative projects help them better understand course concepts: “It’s not just busy work, it’s not just fun; it actually makes them think about everything they’ve learned through the semester.”

The challenges: A standard grading rubric is difficult to apply to projects produced in various mediums. To address this issue, Kramer and Holbrook collaborated with a Media Fellow in the Derek Bok Center’s Learning Lab to design an accompanying activity in which all students record an introduction that explains their project and how it addresses the prompt. This “artist’s statement” is especially useful for evaluating the more abstract projects.... Read more about Mastering course content through creative assignments

Creative projects: Interpreting history through various media


Vincent BrownVincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies, trains students to interpret history through various media including graphics, data visualizations, videos, and art installations.

The benefits: By tackling creative assignments in HIST 1912 History Design Studio, students learn as historical artists to evaluate and articulate the rationale for why they might select a particular medium. “History doesn’t have to be told in the medium of print.... Read more about Creative projects: Interpreting history through various media

What is the Rich Content Editor? (Canvas)

Canvas’ rich content editor, available in several course site features, enables multimedia uploading, HTML editing, and embedding rich media such as links, files, videos, and images.

Research: Designing a Performance Assessment to Measure Student Communication Skills in Multimedia-Supported Project-Based Learning

 

One study conducted a performance assessment of students who participated in classrooms funded by the Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project, a multimedia-supported project-based learning model, finding that they demonstrated greater mastery of content, more sensitivity to their audience...

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Digital Arts and Humanities (DARTH)

Digital Arts and Humanities (DARTH) supports faculty and student digital initiatives in the arts and humanities for research and artistic creation.

Digital Teaching Fellow (DiTF) program

The Digital Teaching Fellow (DiTF) program, which pairs graduate students with faculty to develop digital active learning projects in their courses, is extending to other FAS departments with a HILT grant project helmed by history professors Dan Smail and Ann Blair. 

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