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Strategies for Implementing UCD in Your Course

Quick & Easy UCD Strategies

Strategies Requiring Technology

UCD Strategies--Quick & Easy: Assessment

  • Provide guidelines for students regarding how to submit assignments, when they are do, participation in discussions, etc.
  • Create a clear rubric of what constitutes an "A" paper and what doesn't--give examples of previous student work and distribute to the class. For independent projects the instructor and student should develop an outline that explains the project’s essential elements and expectations.
  • Allow Independent Study projects related to the course as well as student interests.
  • Encourage students to use various forms of non-tech (graphs, color coding, maps, diagrams, etc.) as they develop the themes/ideas for their assignments.
  • Incorporate the personal interest of students into assessment topics, essay choices, etc.
  • Provide multiple opportunities for students to get feedback prior to submitting final draft and provide flexible due dates for each step of the paper (topic, outline, rough draft, resources, final draft, etc.).
  • Provide opportunities for group evaluations (allow students either alone or as a group to evaluate their work as a group).
  • Require students to complete a ‘mini’ paper at the end of each class to check comprehension, encourage students to reflect (using reflection sheets) on the essential question.
  • Provide the option of attending lab or forming a group of 5 or more and doing the lab in the manner that they see fit (allow creativity and dismiss the group from coming to school).
  • Provide students with study tips, don’t ask questions on material not covered in class on the exam. Form discussion groups for review purposes.
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