Assignment #2: Student Designed Collaborative Assignment

Assignment #2: Student Designed Collaborative Assignment

Note to Professors:

The sample for assignment uses Chapter #15: of the Open Stax Astronomy Textbook:

Students will turn in individual papers, but this assignment is meant to be completed during a “discussion” portion of the class with students in small groups helping one another out. The idea is for students to create a short assignment for their peers that illustrates a particular topic, and if applicable, examines common misconceptions.

“Suitability for sharing” criteria is added to the rubric so that assignments that meet a competent standard can be used for collaborative and peer learning in future semesters.  Excellent assignments will be shared with students and educators in the OER commons.  Because students are essentially creating collaborative learning assignments, this work may also be used for small group assignments in future semesters, i.e., students will be answering the questions created by their predecessors.



Find in your text the section or sections that correspond to your topic and select one or more of the learning objectives. Either keep the objectives as written, or edit them to suit your purpose. At the top of your assignment include your topic and the objectives you have chosen.

Create five questions based on your learning objectives. Structure your questions with the purpose of clarifying the material for your peers, and if applicable, confronting common student misconceptions. Exemplary assignments will have clearly written questions that guide learners to a more complete understanding of a topic.



Component Excellent Competent Incomplete

(20 points)

Assignment includes well-formed learning objective(s) and the required five questions. Assignment is missing learning objectives and/or contains less than the required five questions.
Clarity and Content

(40 points)

Questions are clearly written and well-aligned with learning objectives. Strong evidence of thought to guided learning. Questions are clearly written and well-aligned with learning objectives. Some evidence of thought to guided learning. Questions are muddled and/or do not align with learning objectives.
Question Diversity

(20 points)

There is diversity in question types. There are few, if any, uses of different question types.
Grammar and Style

(10 points)

Assignment is free of punctuation errors, structural mistakes, and misspelling. Use of punctuation marks and capitals, as well as spelling, is mostly correct. Few errors exist. Few end marks or capital letters are used and there are numerous spelling and/or structural errors.
Suitability for Sharing

(10 points)

Assignment successfully meets or exceeds all components and is unique enough to share with astronomy students throughout the world in the OER commons. Assignment successfully meets all components and although it is not unique it is suitable to be used as a teaching tool with students in future semesters. Assignment does not meet all components and therefore is not suitable to be used as a teaching tool with students for future semesters.


Please complete the student release form

Exemplary work should be shared so that others can benefit from the work that you are producing.

Not only will you create better work than if the potential audience is simply your professor or a few of your peers but you will also be contributing to the body of astronomy knowledge that exists in the field!

If your submitted work meets excellent or competent standards, according to the rubric, I will publish your work so that others may see your excellence!

So that I may share your assignment to the OER Commons, please complete the Student Release of Course Materials for Public Availability form on the last two pages of this document, and return a signed copy of the form.

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Student Release of Course Materials for Public Availability

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