The Assignment Design Institute
IDEAL hosts an annual assignment design institute wherein participants learn how to create and implement assignments that foster innovation and invite students to engage with broader communities through the use of audio, video, still images, and other technologies. Attendees receive guidance and support to design or redesign a class project that engages students beyond the bounds of the classroom and results in a digital project that endures beyond the end of the semester.
2017 Institute: March 31
The event features a keynote talk by Dr. Ari Daniel. As digital producer for NOVA and public radio reporter, Ari Daniel thinks, writes, and speaks about communicating science with broad audiences. Ari’s talk will inspire attendees to consider how students can communicate the meaning they discover in classroom projects.
Breakout sessions will allow you to build an innovative assignment model that uses digital tools to inspire students to create and communicate. Session leaders include master teachers Mark McDermott (Science Education, Department of Teaching and Learning) and Matt Gilchrist (IDEAL, Department of Rhetoric).
Join your colleagues for an engaging workshop with concrete outcomes.
Registration is free and open to the public. Register here: 2017 Assignment Design Institute Registration Survey
2017 Assignment Design Institute: Friday, March 31, North Room, Iowa Memorial Union (181 IMU)
10:30 Welcome and introduction
10:35 Teacher’s panel: Mark McDermott, Lori Adams, Anne Sand
11:15 IDEAL student project showcase
11:45 Learning objectives & redesigning assignments
12:00 Catered lunch & introduction to campus resources
12:30 Keynote Address: Ari Daniel, NOVA digital producer and independent science journalist
1:30 Breakout sessions: Plan assignments and collaborations for your class
2:15 Wrap-up & guided reflections
2017 Speaker: Ari Daniel
The event features a keynote talk by Dr. Ari Daniel. As digital producer for NOVA and independent science journalist, Ari Daniel thinks, writes, and speaks about communicating science with broad audiences. Ari’s talk will inspire attendees to consider how students can communicate the meaning they discover in classroom projects.
See more about Ari Daniel on his WordPress site
The 2015 institute featured keynote speaker Dr. Margaret Konkol, a visiting assistant professor of English at the New College of Florida. Her keynote address, “The Once and Future Pedagogy: Engagement Through New and Old Technologies”, focused on her recent collaborative projects at the New College of Florida and specifically her project with the John Ringling Library (https://readingwiththeringlings.wordpress.com/).
The 2015 institute also encouraged instructors to develop assignments related to social justice, in coordination with the University of Iowa’s Spring 2016 theme semester of Just Living. For more information on the theme semester, visit the Just Living website (http://justliving.uiowa.edu/). Those who attended the Institute also created projects for classroom use.
The 2014 Institute featured keynote speaker Dr. Jon McKenzie, Professor of English and Director of the DesignLab at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His keynote address, titled “DesignLab, Smart Media and Intimate Bureaucracies,” focused on DesignLab’s recent projects in smart media and emerging scholarly genres. Professor McKenzie presented several projects, sample assignments, and evaluative frameworks that DesignLab uses to introduce digital media projects to instructors and students across all disciplines. Those who attended the Institute created project ideas for classroom use.
The March 9, 2013 Institute featured keynote speaker Dr. Cornelia Lang, an Associate Professor of astronomy/astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa. Her keynote address detailed the instructional design in her interdisciplinary course “Life in the Universe”.
The October 19, 2013 Institute featured keynote speaker Dr. Jim Ridolfo, an Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. His work focuses on the intersection of rhetorical theory and digital technology. He has co-authored the book The Available Means of Persuasion: Mapping a Theory and Pedagogy of Multimodal Public Rhetoric with David Sheridan and Anthony Michel and co-edited Rhetoric in the Digital Humanities with William Hart-Davidson.