This challenge asks you to look for simple ways that students can create content, work collaboratively, and take responsibility for their own learning.
One example: have them create their own review questions. This can be an individual or group activity.
Here are some reasons you might want to try this:
- Saves you time
- You can see where the gaps are
- Learners take responsibility for their learning
- Learners collaborate on their learning
- Even if they know the answers, they can create questions that are useful to others
- You can set criteria for question quality and assess this activity
- Learners now have a study guide that they took part in creating
- You can create a database for future classes or to help you write future exam questions
- students can contribute from anywhere and you can use class time for other things
Things to consider:
- If marks are attached there is more incentive to participate
- specify what you’re looking for in a question and how students can achieve marks (example: 3 well formed open-ended questions)
- Don’t make the criteria so complicated that you create a burden for yourself
- Choose a technology that is not to difficult for learners to use, and provide them with some instructions on how to use it
Take it online:
How you collect the questions is up to you. Learners could tweet questions to #yourcourse, or they could post to a wiki or google doc. or whichever digital tool you think is appropriate.
Depending on how you structure this activity, learners can also provide and discuss answers to deepen their understanding.
To complete this challenge pick one activity from your course that could be created by your students. It doesn’t have to be an exam review. Some options include:
- clarifying questions between classes
- a glossary of important terms,
- refining a thesis/hypothesis (especially nice for twitter – 140 characters)
- something you think of yourself.
As long as the students are responsible for the content your imagination is the limit. Create a space for the work to happen and try adding a couple of questions yourself to make sure it works as you expect. Then create an assessment plan or a rubric. What are your expectations?
If you use an open space online you can provide the link in the reply below. Or, just describe your activity, how you’ll flip it, and how you’ll assess it.
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Example for "Student Created Content":