Welcome to Five College Blended Learning. In this video We will be exploring principles of good assignment design in the blended Learning classrooms. Some topics will include What counts as mastery, Provide multiple avenues to demonstrate That mastery, and practicing course skills. What counts as mastery? And this is obviously going to be very different depending on your discipline, and your Field, but try to think about how new skills will let students engage with your field in new ways. For example, in this particular assignment, For English 391S, “Doing Digital,” the first assignment asks students to create a text adventure, programmed in Python. And then to reflect on if computer coding is a language. So students are asked to Provide immersive descriptions, to Have multiple paths and choices, with different outcomes, ..it has multiple endings, incorporates functions, Checks for error inputs…all of these things are different ways to demonstrate that the student can, in fact, write Code in Python. …and then the second part asks students to write a brief reflective essay Responding to the question, “Is coding a language?” Students are then required to draw on some of the course readings And in combining both Written code and a traditional reflective essay, This instructor has asked students to demonstrate, in multiple ways That they have understood, retained, and mastered The material of the course. Both of these together accomplish the instructor’s goal Of reinforcing both traditional humanistic inquiry into theories of linguistic development, as well as Demonstrating that students can write coding Build in mini-assignments Throughout the semester. And the goal of mini-assignments is to let students practice That combination You might consider having students Work in groups to complete a smaller Version of the assignment. So for example in the text adventure assignment, You might have students write a function that Performs an action, in groups, before their final assignment is due This kind of group work lets students be very clear about What they are being asked to do. Being transparent about your classroom approach will help Prepare students for, inevitably, when things go wrong or break, or their code doesn’t work. Then, transparency again can be difficult, especially If your teaching style doesn’t traditionally incorporate that, but having clarity about your own pedagogical Decisions will help students trust that any mistakes they make are going to end up being productive. Thanks for watching, and please explore Some of the sample assignments we have provided on this site.