After determining your course objectives and creating an assessment strategy for your course, the next step is to design the assignment structure of your course or the course roadmap. How will students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve the course objectives? What steps will students need to take to complete the final assessment?
- Scaffold instruction to challenge students gradually over time and ensure students are not bored
- Ensure clarity of course and assignment structure, as well as adherence with a backward design from course objectives
Continued application of the same skill in different contexts or in combination with other skills. While each assignment may be similar to the final assignment, the student applies skill in different contexts so that s/he has the opportunity for improvement from practice.
Have different assignments leading to the final assessment as checkpoints based on the correct process to reach the endpoint. Each assignment would then be a different part of the process, where the final assignment is the completion of the process.
Break up the final assignment into different distinct modules and have each module be an assignment. For the final assignment, the students can piece together and improve the different modules.
Theory and Practice
Learn the theory behind the course objectives before applying it to the final assignment. This can also be mixed to some of the other example templates provided. Also, a theory assignment could be optional as well for the students who want to engage with the content more deeply.
Things To Check
- Does the assignment structure gradually challenge the students more over time?
- Does each assignment progress towards success on the final assignment (scaffolding)?
- For each assignment, is there one solid deliverable instead of many tiny ones?