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Traditional research papers are not always the best vehicle to help students learn about using information and knowledge to advance their thinking and writing. Before assigning research in your class, consider these 3 questions:
Assignments should be designed backwards, meaning that they should have a clear purpose related to the learning outcomes of the course.
Questions adapted from: Hutchings, P., Jankowski, N. A., & Ewell, P. T. (2014). Catalyzing assignment design activity on your campus: Lessons from NILOA’s assignment library initiative. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).