Module 5: Assignment 1

Forum Instructions (printable copy)

Work with your group to design one assignment around the short video clip included in the assignment resources.
More specifically,

  1. Identify issues raised by the clip that would be relevant to a communication course.
  2. Come up with possible learning objectives that would address the issues and concepts identified.
  3. Locate one or two (or more) scholarly resources that would support the learning objectives.
  4. Draft an assignment that supports and assesses student accomplishment of the learning objectives and has the clip as one of the assignment resources.
  • Refer to the assignment resources and the Collaboration Instructions for Group Assignments in DOTS document.
  • Include a meaningful subject line in your posts that clearly communicates the overall topic of your message. For replies to existing messages, it may often be necessary to modify the existing subject line to better represent the response’s content, before hitting the "Reply" button.
     
 

Module 4: Assignment 1

Forum Instructions (printable copy)

Work with your group to share ideas on how to design assignments that support student-centered, project-based, and team-based learning. More specifically, consider the following guiding questions (all questions are addressed in the module's lecture notes):

  1. How would you structure your course modules to make students feel they discover rather than receive knowledge, all the while following a discovery path preconfigured by you?
  2. What are some specific assignment ideas that would reveal to the students the significance of their newly acquired knowledge? That is, what assignments can you describe that go beyond information recall and involve the analysis of a case study or the solution to a problem whose relevance can be recognized by the students?
  3. How would you design your assignments so that open-book and collaborative assignment-completion contexts support learning rather than constitute cheating?
  4. How would you motivate all students to actively contribute to group projects?
  5. How can you efficiently participate in the assignment-drafting process so that your expert feedback is actually incorporated in the student's learning and  the submitted assignments?
  • Refer to the assignment resources and the Collaboration Instructions for Group Assignments in DOTS document.
  • You should, by now, be familiar with the message-posting process.
  • Include a meaningful subject line in your posts that clearly communicates the overall topic of your message. For replies to existing messages, it may often be necessary to modify the existing subject line to better represent the response’s content, before hitting the "Reply" button.
     
     
 

Module 2: Assignment 1

Forum Instructions (printable copy)

All group members will work in this forum together to draft and submit one post addressing the following questions:
Are the learning objectives for weeks 4 and 5 of the course reviewed in this assignment effective? Why / why not? Can you suggest more effective alternatives?
Base your discussion on the assignment resources and on your individual reviews, completed in the first part of the assignment.

  • Refer to your individually-completed review and the Collaboration Instructions for Group Assignments in DOTS document.
  • Click on the forum's title to enter it.
  • Hit the small arrow at the top of the "Date" column to arrange the posts by ascending/descending chronological order.
  • Click on the "Drafting" thread and hit "Reply" to enter the first post. Read all posts and always reply to the latest, unless you have a specific reason to address a previous post without reference to the subsequent ones.
  • Include a meaningful subject line in your posts that clearly communicates the overall topic of your message. For replies to existing messages, it may often be necessary to modify the existing subject line to better represent the response’s content, before hitting the "Reply" button.
  • Use the “Submission” thread to post your final reply by the deadline on Tuesday, 4/28, midnight.

This forum allows you to include attachments, modify your own posts, tag posts (i.e. attach representative keywords to them), and "quote" a previous post in your reply. In addition, you can subscribe to the forum so that an email is sent to you every time a new message is posted.
You cannot add new threads. To post a message you must open an existing one and reply to it.
 

 

Module 2: Assignment 3

Forum Instructions (printable copy)

All group members will work in this forum together to draft and submit two posts.
i) Can you infer and state the module-level learning objectives based on the topics list and the assignment descriptions of the sample assignment reviewed? Do the resources provide efficient and sufficient support to accomplish the learning objectives?
ii) An obvious objective addressed by the sample assignment is "listing and outlining Herrmann's original contributions to film-scoring theory and practice". Why is item 1 of the sample assignment better fit to fully accomplish this objective than the more direct assignment statement, "list and outline Herrmann's original contributions to film-scoring theory and practice"?
Base your discussions on the assignment resources.

  • Refer to the sample assignment in "Module 2 Lecture Notes: Part 2b" (bottom of the page) and the Collaboration Instructions for Group Assignments in DOTS document.
  • Click on the forum's title to enter it.
  • Hit the small arrow at the top of the "Date" column to arrange the posts by ascending/descending chronological order.
  • Click on the "Drafting" thread for each question and hit "Reply" to enter the first post. Read all posts and always reply to the latest, unless you have a specific reason to address a previous post without reference to the subsequent ones.
  • Include a meaningful subject line in your posts that clearly communicates the overall topic of your message. For replies to existing messages, it may often be necessary to modify the existing subject line to better represent the response’s content, before hitting the "Reply" button.
  • Use the “Submission” thread for each question to post your final reply by the deadline on Tuesday, 5/5, midnight.

This forum allows you to include attachments, modify your own posts, tag posts (i.e. attach representative keywords to them), and "quote" a previous post in your reply. In addition, you can subscribe to the forum so that an email is sent to you every time a new message is posted.
You cannot add new threads. To post a message you must open an existing one and reply to it.
 

 

Module 1: Assignment 3

Forum Instructions (printable copy)

All group members will work in this forum together to draft and submit two posts.
i) The first will distill what you consider, as a group, to be the most important pros and cons of the reviewed course in terms of the eight "Quality Maters" standards, outline why, and assess the course with regards to the backward design process.
ii) The second will discuss possible examples of incorporating one or more of the course's positive features to your upcoming online course(s). You will be using this information in a future assignment.

  • Refer to your completed "Quality Matters" review and the Collaboration Instructions for Group Assignments in DOTS document.
  • Click on the forum's title to enter it.
  • Hit the small arrow at the top of the "Date" column to arrange the posts by ascending/descending chronological order.
  • Click on the "Drafting" thread of each question and hit "Reply" to enter the first post. Read all posts and always reply to the latest, unless you have a specific reason to address a previous post without reference to the subsequent ones.
  • Include a meaningful subject line in your posts that clearly communicates the overall topic of your message. For replies to existing messages, it may often be necessary to modify the existing subject line to better represent the response’s content, before hitting the "Reply" button.
  • Use the “Submission” thread of each question to post your final reply by the deadline on Friday, 4/24, 12:30 a.m.

This forum allows you to include attachments, modify your own posts, tag posts (i.e. attach representative keywords to them), and "quote" a previous post in your reply. In addition, you can subscribe to the forum so that an email is sent to you every time a new message is posted.
You cannot add new threads. To post a message you must open an existing one and reply to it.

Reviewed Course Information

  • This was a blended course, taught 1/3 online and 2/3 face-to-face.
  • As this is an old course, if you wish to see the announcements, you will have to select the "View All" tab on the "Announcements" page.
  • The reviewed course's instructor is, indeed, one of the DOTS facilitators. Do not let this stop you from being critical!