Why are we making in the classroom?
Making allows for an alternative to the research paper.
Alternatives can . . .
- promote collaboration;
- provide ways of using other strengths our students might have;
- accustom students to different voices and modes of communication;
- allow students to create work for a larger audience, and go beyond work that is only seen by the student and the professor;
- create opportunities for making a contribution beyond the class to the college or to communities beyond NAU;
- lighten the grading load.
Tips for successful making assignments & activities
You might need or want to . . .
- work with a librarian or to design the assignment.
- be clear about your reasons for creating the assignment in the first place. What problems, skills, or knowledge are you working to address?
- make sure students understand the scope of the assignment or activity. If helpful and appropriate, give a limited range of choices.
- make your evaluation criteria and expectations clear to students from the outset.
- assign or devote class time to tasks that will help students develop the skills necessary to complete the assignment.
- give the students a series of specific questions to help them structure their work.
- set very clear expectations for the work; make these kinds of things explicit:
- presentation of final work
- elements of a completed project
- kinds of research materials that will be acceptable/how to present research alongside creative projects
- set intermediate deadlines for different parts of the project.