Proposal Abstract

Due to the unusual blend of undergraduates, adult education students, and graduate students, the children's literature course offered by the education department at Carthage College can be problematic to teach. In particular, the assignments have been challenging because students bring such a broad range of background knowledge and experiences. Patty Rieman had the opportunity to implement differentiated assignments to the summer 2011 course and compare the student course evaluations to the spring 2011 course that she taught before creating the differentiated assignments. Rieman will share the results of the qualitative analysis of the comments, as well as a simple quantitative analysis of the percent of change in the students' ratings. She will also share the ways assignments were differentiated and resources and research on differentiation in higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and evaluate the possibilities for differentiation of assignments in their own courses and will learn one or more effective ways to engage and challenge students across ages, experiences, and levels of prior knowledge.

Location

Room 1909

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 7th, 11:00 AM Mar 7th, 11:45 AM

Differentiation of Assignments in Higher Education: A SoTL Project

Room 1909

Due to the unusual blend of undergraduates, adult education students, and graduate students, the children's literature course offered by the education department at Carthage College can be problematic to teach. In particular, the assignments have been challenging because students bring such a broad range of background knowledge and experiences. Patty Rieman had the opportunity to implement differentiated assignments to the summer 2011 course and compare the student course evaluations to the spring 2011 course that she taught before creating the differentiated assignments. Rieman will share the results of the qualitative analysis of the comments, as well as a simple quantitative analysis of the percent of change in the students' ratings. She will also share the ways assignments were differentiated and resources and research on differentiation in higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and evaluate the possibilities for differentiation of assignments in their own courses and will learn one or more effective ways to engage and challenge students across ages, experiences, and levels of prior knowledge.