“Media-ify” a Traditional Written Assignment

Consider an assignment you have asked students to do in paper/research format and consider how the citations, sophistication, and points can be conveyed in digital audio and/or video format.

Online Discussion Tools

Use electronic discussion tools to build spaces for ongoing conversations. The discussion board in Canvas can be used for a fairly traditional asynchronous conversation. Other tools that might be considered are Voice Thread (which allows people to respond to images or other media using audio recordings), Google Moderator (which allows people to suggest questions/ideas, respond to them, and then “vote” on them) and Squabbler (which lets people record 30 second videos about an argument and then invite someone to take a counter position and record their response).

Online Collaborative Group Assignments

Make use of online collaboration tools to build group assignments. For example, students can collaborate on building presentations (using Google Docs or Prezi), writing (with wikis or Google Docs), and making mind maps (with a tool like Creately). Build assignments in these spaces that focus on the development and sharing of new ideas as opposed to “reporting” back what they have read or found.