DQP Assignment Library
By Maureen (Mo) Cuevas, LEAP Texas Faculty Fellow
I had a few extra minutes before a meeting this morning and decided I would go and review a resource I have heard about, but not yet used, the DQP Assignment Library from the National Institute on Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).
So I navigated to the sight and decided that I would look for some assignments that could be used to teach and practice the theme for this month through LEAPTx, Social Responsibility.
You can search for assignments in the library in a variety of ways. By TITLE, AUTHOR, CITATION, DESCRIPTION. Or you can go to some pre-loaded groups of assignments based ON Academic Disciplines and assignment characteristics, DQP Proficiencies, or Degree and Course Level.
I decided to start with the group of assignments I found under the listing of Civic and Global Learning. There were 14 assignments here, and the first thing you are presented with is the title and tags for each of them. I looked at each of them and was amazed at the diversity of experiences that the assignments represented. When you choose and assignment to review, you are taken to a page where the author is named, the citation for the assignment given, a short description of the assignment posted and some background and context. This is to help you decide if this assignment is something you are interested in reviewing. The one I liked the best was something called “The Solution to Poverty Project” by Amanda E. Barnett, Ph.D. and Julie A. Zaloudek, Ph.D. Additional information about the project was provided that included explaining how the project was designed to assess several DQP proficiencies, course alignment and scaffolding, instructor feedback, student feedback and finally any revisions that have been made. For this particular assignment, a rubric is included as well. All of this information provides a rich foundation for thinking about ways to use the assignment in my setting and how it has worked for others.
From here, if you decide to look at the assignment, you can download it. Before being taken to the assignment, a box pops up that says: “The assignment library and the assignments within are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. By clicking “Ok” you agree to cite each assignment (including modifications), with the provided citation on the assignments downloaded from this site.” And you have to choose “OK” or “Cancel.” This is to remind you that you do need to cite what you “borrow” from the library, giving credit to the educator who provided it as a resource.
Yay! I now finally can see the assignment! And it is great! As I read through it I am thinking about how my students would respond to it and wondering if there are ways to incorporate pieces of it into the classes I’m teaching now rather than having to wait for next semester. It is actually a semester-long assignment that puts students in groups and has them research different topics related to Poverty: Poverty and Mental Illness, Poverty and Education, Poverty and Discrimination, etc. This will be the group’s focus for the whole semester…then the teams are assigned to one of five systems… wait, I don’t need to tell you all about it. You can go read through it for yourself, but even just the way it is presented is wonderful and the instructors provide a sample write up for the end which gives the students a framework to use in their final product.
I went and looked at several more related to Civic and Global Learning. Some of them applied beautifully to the classes I teach, others not so much, but just reading through them helped me to think about new and creative ways to assess student learning and ways to make the topics we are studying come alive for them. Go check it out!
Barnett, A. E., & Zaloudek, J. A. (2015). The solutions to poverty project. University of Wisconsin-Stout