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Engaging Students Through Alternatives to Written Assignments

Teaching Goal:

To increase student engagement by allowing them to demonstrate knowledge by completing assignments and projects that are alternatives to written assignments

Benefits of Addressing

Research indicates that allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge by completing projects that incorporate technology-related elements, such as multimedia projects, have several benefits.

Alternative Assignment Ideas

There are several types of alternative assignments that you can assign.

Resources Available

Resources are available on campus to assist students with completing alternative assignments.


Clayton-Pedersen, A. & N. O'Neill. (2005). Curricula Designed to Meet 21st-Century Expectations. In D. Oblinger and J. Oblinger (Eds.), Educating the Net Generation (pp. 9.1-9.16). EDUCAUSE. Retrieved April 25, 2007, from

Kornkven, S. & N. Lilleberg. (2002). Enhancing Support and Learning Services for Instructors and Students Who Engage in Course-Related Multimedia and Web Projects. SIGUCCS'02 proceedings, pp. 56-59. Retrieved April 25, 2007, from

Mitchell, M. (2003). Constructing Multimedia: Benefits of Student-Generated Multimedia on Learning. Interactive Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer-Enhanced Learning. Retrieved April 25, 2007, from

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