Templates and Examples for the “Set Assignment Instructions” Tool
Why should you use this box?
- As you know, the more we can give students directions and remind them of expectations the better. This box allows you space to set community expectations however you'd like. To best use the feature, post specific information on how to earn grades, weekly/semester-long instructions, and/or a topic to guide student questions for the week!
How should it look?
- Feel free to use one of the templates below or mix and match to fit your students’ and course needs!
TEMPLATE #1 - (Course-long)
Welcome to Packback!
Please be sure that your question applies to [CONTENT AREA] or it may be flagged.
There is a lot of coverage of [CONTENT AREA] on the web. There are some websites on [CLASS WEBSITE/LMS] and here are just a few materials and websites I suggest you navigate as a starting point:
[INSERT RECOMMENDED RESOURCES AND WEBSITES]
TEMPLATE #2 - (Course-long)
Weekly Packback Topics:
I am looking for meaningful conversation and discussion about [CONTENT AREA]. Post early in the week–your individual questions and responses are due on [INSERT DEADLINE].
TEMPLATE #3 - (Updated Weekly)
Week [X] Discussion
This week you will be discussing [CORE CONCEPT] with your peers. To prepare, read chapter # in your textbook and explore a relevant scholarly journal article.
By [DATE] at [TIME],submit one question that discusses [FILL IN CORE CONCEPT]. Be sure to cite the journal article that you read.
Concepts to consider related to [FILL IN CORE CONCEPT].
EXAMPLE QUESTION:[FILL IN SAMPLE QUESTION]
By [DATE] at [TIME], ensure you have responded to at least two of your classmates. Use the search feature in Packback to look for posts that focus on different areas than you or haven’t received any responses yet to support creating an inclusive learning community.
Remember that you can cite sources in responses, bring in media, and each response must be a minimum of [X] Curiosity Points to count for credit.
TEMPLATE #4 - (Course-long; course w/ in-person discussion)
Hello everyone and welcome to Packback!
This is an online discussion tool that we will be using as an alternate way of grading and helping you learn. With the class being designed as heavily based on discussions, the online discussion also serves as a practice opportunity for everyone to prepare for the discussions we will be doing during our in-person classes.
Each week, you have to read the assigned course material and prepare three open-ended, thought provoking questions. Out of the three questions, choose one to post here, and the remaining two to bring to class for the in-person discussion.
After posting, you are also required to reply to two other questions that were posted by other students.
Participating in Packback discussion will count toward [%] of your final grades.
Here are some requirements regarding your question and responses:
TEMPLATE #5 - (Course-long)
[INSERT # OF PACKBACK ASSIGNMENTS] Packback Q&A assignments will be administered during the semester.
Purpose: This course will be employing a Packback community to encourage student discussion, inquiry, and the deep dive into relevant topics to the course. Through weekly question and answer, you will be encouraged to think critically about various topic areas and their application to [CONTENT AREA] while helping your classmates answer questions about course concepts. This will allow you to learn through inquiry-driven discussion.
Each week, you will be asked to:
Criteria: Points will be assigned on a purely binary basis; questions and answers that meet the Curiosity Score minimums ([#] points for questions, [#] points for answers) will receive full credit regardless of content. However, you should be aware that the community is moderated, and posts will be removed if they are not on-topic with the course material or if they substantially replicate a response previously made by another student. You will receive zero credit if your post is removed, either for being off-topic or for any other reason (e.g. if it is flagged for plagiarism, disrespectfulness towards others, etc.), but you have the opportunity to edit and repost for a chance at credit. [Be aware that if you are giving half credit for posts below the Curiosity Score minimum, this last paragraph will need to be adjusted]