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Assignment Outcomes
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Creating the Assignment — Outcomes and Deliverables

Creating a set of assignment outcomes that work in tandem with specific deliverables will keep learning as the central focus for your project—both for your students and for yourself.

Assignment outcomes can be “mapped” to more general course outcomes. They may include a specialized set of outcomes that support a larger learning goal for the course, for instance, or they may include specialized outcomes that take on several overall course outcomes.

Deliverables can be a mix of individual and group projects, one large sequenced project, a portfolio, or whatever makes the most sense for your learners.

An Example

In a political science course, through consensus decision-making, students choose to focus their research problem on the following question:

What was the long-range historical impact to the LGBTQ Movement of the demonstrations that occurred after the sentencing of Dan White for the murder of Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978?

Students must then proceed to approach their project from assignment outcomes that were developed prior to the selection of that research problem (outcomes that they took into account during topic determination):

Upon successful completion of this project, students should be able to:

Given these outcomes and their particular research question, students can then begin to determine how they will form a resource bank, work toward commonplaces and shared definitions, identify important claims and counterclaims, etc. to prepare for collaborative deliberation.

Written and Oral Deliverables Creating the Assessment Collaborative Deliberation Developing Learning Teams Learning Through Reflection Learning Outcomes Posing the Problem Supporting Multiple Perspectives Making Informed Decisions Invitational Communication Climate