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Creating Question Prompts for Effective Assignments or Class Discussions

Friday, March 27, 2020
1:25pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus

How you prompt students can make a difference in their achievement of course objectives. In this hands-on session we will begin by crafting discussion questions and then move on to longer assignment prompts. We will identify the elements of an effective prompt and evaluate hypothetical examples. This session will be particularly useful if you teach a discussion-based course, or a course that includes writing assignments. It is also relevant for other kinds of project-based courses in which a detailed prompt forms the basis of the student’s planning, motivation, and expectations for the project.

Objectives: • Articulate the role of good questions in productive class discussions • Practice posing effective questions for different kinds of discussion • Identify the elements of an effective writing assignment prompt • Apply the principles of framing and feed-forward to scaffold student success on project-based assignments • Author questions and assignments that model the kind of inquiry students should do • Create assignments that align with course objectives • Compose prompts that invite higher-order thinking

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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) (primary), Rowe Building, UConn Master Calendar

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