designing digital assessments how do we approach incorporating these assignments into our courses?
3. How will you scaffold the process for students?
- Show students examples of similar projects. Ask students to reflect upon what makes the design of the examples effective or ineffective at communicating their overall message(s).
- Ask students to draw or storyboard a rough draft of the project before they begin creating using technology.
- If students are asked to create a rough draft, it might be useful to leverage this opportunity to introduce some peer review. Their classmates could provide feedback on the drafts before final drafts are created.
- Create an opportunity for students to test out the technology without the pressure of handing in a big project, perhaps by having them create something small for only a few points.
Professor Derek Bruff from Vanderbilt University shares some of his statistics infographic project proposal instructions:
"To prepare my students for their infographic assignment, I first asked them to find examples of well-design infographics ... I asked asked them to read “Ending the Infographic Plague” by Atlantic editor Megan McArdle."
...or watch another instructor's reflection about their infographic process
Student reflection example
As noted above, Derek Bruff had his students create infographics in teams. Once they were finished, they also had to turn in a reflection, which he called a "designer's statement," that consisted of the following:
Additionally, your team should submit a 400-to-600-word “designer’s statement” to me. This statement will not be posted to the blog, but it will be considered alongside your infographic during grading. Your designer’s statement should address the following questions:
- How do you think the visual elements of your infographic helped you communicate your project?
- What aspects of your project were most challenging to communicate in your infographic?
- What advice would you give future Math 216 students for completing the application project successfully?