Designing assignments linked to goals
As you begin the process of designing course assignments, answer these questions:
- *What goal or goals are associated with the assignment?
*What are the components of the goal?
If you have a course goal that states that students should be able to “Formulate a well organized argument supported by evidence” the components of that goal might be that students need to:
- *Demonstrate depth and breadth of understanding
*Present information in a clear and organized way
*Incorporate a variety of sources of evidence
*Use accurate grammar and mechanics
This is a vital step in the process of linking goals with assessments. By identifying the components of a learning goal, you begin to make the teaching and learning process more transparent. Knowing what the components of a goal are will help in writing the assignment description and will be very valuable in the grading process.