An assignment is an open-ended assessment that students complete to demonstrate their proficiency in chapter or module material and then submit for a grade. It may take the form of any type of single assessment that instructors can use to require students to demonstrate proficiency. This proficiency may be demonstrated in response to a variety of prompts, such as:
- A reflection/journal entry
- An essay
- A research paper
- A slide presentation
- A video presentation
- A portfolio component
- An online scavenger hunt
- A link to work completed in outside software
- Students may submit their assignments in three ways: typing in responses, uploading files, or sharing hyperlinks.
- Before including any third-party text, audio recordings, images, and/or videos in assignment prompts, please reach out to your project editor for further guidance.
An assignment is an excellent choice when an instructor wants students to concentrate on a substantial submission that may require either several days to complete or significant outside research and review.
An open-ended essay question is an excellent choice when an instructor wants to pair it with several other questions or narrow the scope of students’ responses (e.g., students should answer within a certain period or time; students do not need to conduct substantial outside research to address the prompt). For more information, see Guide to Creating Quality Assessments.
A discussion board is an excellent choice when you want students to engage with their peers, share opinions and resources, and/or continue a conversation about course materials. For more information, see Quick Guide: Discussion Boards.
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