Student_assignment_examples Suggested student assignments

There are many assignments that students can undertake that involve new media. These range from practice using digital media (eg. create a one minute podcast about yourself) to longer term projects (eg. create and contribute to a science blog). Some suggestions of existing and potential student assignments in new media are given below.
Further in-depth examples of student new media assignments are located on the relevant media wiki pages.

Existing and potential new media assignments for science students


A. Practising multi-media skills
1. Student creates a short (1min) podcast/video introducing themselves to the class
2. Student creates a short video of a person/place/item that is relevant to the subject
3. Student creates a 1-minute video on how to make a video
4. Student uses a blog to reflect and peer assess group work activities in the laboratory/field
5. Students critique classmates’ or lecturer’s videos using a ratings/comments system

B. Focus on class content & coordination of student activities (teamwork)
6. Student team creates a short (2–3min) podcast to explain a scientific concept in the subject field or a class field trip
7. Student team creates a lab report video, e.g. dissection or experiment
8. Student team creates an animation of a laboratory technique
9. Student team create a wiki to explain a concept in science, e.g. element of the periodic table or to produce a report or a literature review
10. Online collaboration with science students from other universities on wikis or Facebook sites

C. Using new media strategically, to attract attention/ gain feedback
11. Students create online PowerPoint presentations with opportunity for peer review
12. Students create a performance, e.g. science show for children on You Tube; radio show on science topic for public
13. Students create a webzine or science story
14. Students create & promote an online event or product
15. Student creates a blog and promotes online with number of readers and comments monitored

D. Contextualising content
16. Student interviews a science professional and uploads it to a website
17. Students create videos about young researchers including research, storyboard, interview, editing & publishing online
18. Students blog regularly (3x per week) on a controversial science topic
19. Students review professional reports by scientists
20. Students (PhDs) produce a website promoting their research to industry.

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Further examples of student new media assignments