Faculty at UNLV and around the country are exploring options beyond the traditional research paper. At UNLV Libraries Faculty Institutes, faculty explore various types of assignments – websites, infographics, poster sessions, podcasts, videos – that enable students to increase knowledge and develop skills. The purpose is to provide a space for faculty to explore creative alternatives to traditional research assignments that challenge students’ critical thinking skills and support them as they create new knowledge.
In the institutes, faculty create learning outcomes that challenge and strengthen the critical thinking and inquiry skills of students in their disciplines. Through collaboration with campus partners, faculty consider how these learning outcomes can be achieved through creative assignments that engage students in research and knowledge creation practices. We also explore possibilities for student learning outcomes assessment in order to evaluate assignments and plan improvements.
The institutes enable attendees to:
- Articulate developmentally appropriate learning outcomes for research assignments that address critical thinking and inquiry skills.
- Construct creative assignment prompts using alternative methods for presenting the process and product of student research.
- Collaborate with colleagues in order to engage in cross-disciplinary discussions about course design.