Digital assignments provide students an opportunity to engage with technology and create media in their coursework. These types of assignments are great at developing skills in communication, critical thinking, technology, visual literacy, group work and more. Some examples of digital assignments include:
Digital assignments can help students develop technological and digital literacy skills.
While technological literacy is about the ability to learn and use different technologies in different environments and circumstances, digital literacy moves beyond learning specific tools and is about gaining the ability to think critically about technology, create meaningful digital objects, and communicate to a larger community.
Integrating technological and digital literacy development into courses and the curriculum is important because:
If you are thinking of adding a digital assignment to your course, it is important to make sure that the effort and weighting are aligned.
Digital assignments often replace a more traditional, written assignment. Many of the components are similar:
However, there are additional components that need to be considered when determining the length and weighting of an assignment:
For each of the assignment types, recommendations are provided around length and weighting that you can review as you design your assignment.
The Media Studio is located on the second floor of McLaughlin library. University of Guelph Students, Faculty and Staff can schedule time to access equipment, reserve space or get assistance with learning a new tool from Media Studio staff. The Media Studio consists of three spaces:
In Fall 2022, the Media Studio will be launching a circulating equipment collection when it opens on September 26. Please check the library homepage for updates.
If you are interested in including technological and digital literacy development in your course, the Media Studio can:
Please contact the library for more information.
It is also important to plan for students with disabilities or others who may not have access to the technology required to complete the assignment. Some options include:
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