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Course Material Examples

High-quality course materials, including assignments, projects, and activities can greatly increase the quality of a course. Below are some examples of course materials gathered from across UW Continuum College to help inspire your own.

Research Writing

Below are some examples from a Research Writing course.

Annotated Bibliography

As part of a research project, this assignment invited students to analyze five sources. This gave students some practice doing so, in preparation for their larger, quarter-long research project. The assignment description itself includes several items that make for effective assignment prompts, including a list of specific questions the students should address, submission criteria, and an example of what the instructor is expecting.

Mini Research Projects

Instead of a formal mid-term exam, this assignment invited students to take everything they’d learned so far that quarter and apply it to do a mini-research project. This allowed students to see their knowledge in action, but also helped prepare them for their final research paper for the course. The assignment description itself includes several items that make for effective assignment prompts, including a list of specific questions the students should address, submission criteria, and an idea for how the work will be assessed.

Project Management

Below are some examples from a Project Management course.

Mini Presentations

This assignment gave students the chance to practice their presentation skills and gave them a fun way to introduce themselves to the rest of the class. Students were also able to get feedback from classmates on what they did well and what they might improve on. The assignment description itself includes several items that make for effective assignment prompts, including a rubric to let students know how they will be assessed, guidelines for what makes for a successful presentation, and a clear explanation to how this assignment can help students succeed in that field.

Team Building Exercise

To help prepare for an upcoming assignment, this online activity gave students the chance to identify the makings of effective team building exercises. Students were also able to get immediate feedback on their answers, which allowed them to check their understanding of the material before moving onto the next lesson. The assignment description itself includes several items that make for effective assignment prompts, including an explanation of how it fits into the course as a whole and clear directions for how to complete it.

Machine Learning

Below is an example from a Machine Learning course.

Classification Assignment

This assignment gave students the chance to practice a concept introduced in the previous class, in preparation for the next topic, but also gave them an opportunity to reflect on their incoming experience with the material, and what obstacles they encountered, which can encourage critical thinking. The assignment description itself mentions work to be completed in Jupyter Notebook, but it also includes several items that make for effective assignment prompts, including specific questions for students to address, a chance for students to discuss how this exercise can connect to a real-world problem, and clear directions for how to submit the assignment.

Python Programming

Below is an example from a Python Programming course.

Mailroom Assignment

This assignment was the first part of a larger project designed to help students write commands with Python; later parts allowed students to apply other concepts and tools to increase the functionality of the program, all the while receiving feedback from their instructor. The assignment description itself includes several items that make for effective assignment prompts, including an explanation of the goals of the project that establish the real-world context of the work, an example of what the report should look like when students are finished, as well as clear guidelines for how students can submit their work.