Assignment Ideas

BYU Domains has endless possibilities for extending the learning environment beyond the classroom into the digital sphere. From online discussion boards where class members post their insights to teaching design principles through building websites, you can utilize this technology to enhance your classes.

Here are some assignments ideas that you can use with your classroom;

  • Web Pages: Create web pages that meet a certain set of criteria or that have certain functionality and features
  • Portfolio/resume/personal bio: This is a common assignment here at BYU. This could be multiple assignments throughout the semester where students add additional information and features to their portfolio. This assignment can be easily customized depending on the course of study.
  • Writing Assignments: There is a clear distinction in the way students write when the information is publicly available. Students can write blog posts, digital essays, online documents that are shared, well published PDF documents, writing video lexicon (scripts), technical documentation, histories, or collaborate and receive comments on their writing assignments from other students.
  • Social media: Improve the way students interact through social media and they way collaborate and share information on their area of scholarship
  • Information management and information hierarchy: Help students understand how to manage and organize information in more meaningful ways. Domains allows students to demonstrate that they understand the core concepts of information management.
  • Media Assignments: Students can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in visual ways by creating photo, art, or video galleries, digital infographics, memes, GIF’s, audio files, or podcasts
  • Online presentations: There are several tools available to allow students to create online presentations.
  • Plans and campaigns: Publish community action campaigns, project plans, marketing plans, or engineering designs
  • Virtual tour guide: Create a virtual tour using maps, photos, videos, and other technologies to guide users through a realistic experience.
  • Technical Assignments: Help students demonstrate their technical prowess by sharing code snippits, UI/UX mockups/designs, processes/jobs, web analytics, database table designs, SQL queries, SSL installations, cron jobs, etc.

Below you will find links with short descriptions of sample assignments that professors at other universities have used with the Domains project.

FILM 500 Assignments from Taunine Allison
Assignment Ideas: digital essays, commentary on digital media, shot-by-shot video analysis project Taunine has her students write two digital essays. The essays have to cite class sources and outside sources, but the twist here is that the essay has to contain at least three non-text elements arranged to accompany the text in impactful ways. These non-text elements can be images, gifs, video clips, etc. Combing traditional writing with visual elements makes the text relate to the real world in tangible ways. Another assignment Taunine gives to her students is a commentary on digital media. Students are encouraged to be creative as they use digital tools to create their take on what media means. The commentary is accompanied with a 1000 word “Artist Statement” that includes an explanation of how the project fits in with the current class readings and how the project conveys the commentary the student was making. Taunine's also assings a shot-by-shot video analysis project where students pick a film clip and add annotations to it about the editing, music, sound effects etc. through a program called PopcornMaker.

ENG 718| Video Lexicon Assignment from Dave Fisher
Assignment Ideas: writing video lexicon, live tweet reading Dave has his English graduates students make a writing video lexicon where students have to write a video script for 1st year college students that dramatizes a hard literary theoretical concept and then make that script into an engaging video. He also has students do a “live tweet reading of the week” project where students will pick a chapter from one of the class texts and all live tweet as they read it. The instructor then pulls up the Twitter feed during class discussion as a starting point for the lecture and to identify key elements of the material.

ENG 363 Assignments from Dave Fisher
Assignment Ideas: community analysis website, community action proposal and campaign Dave has his students develop an entire separate community analysis website linked to a student's domain that presents a community through interviews, artifacts, language practices, and tensions. All of the text, visuals, etc. include commentary that describes how each element contributes to the unique community. Additionally, Dave assigns a community action proposal and campaign during the semester. Students identify a problem, present a solution through data analysis, and then prepare an entire ad campaign complete with a self-made YouTube video, branded logo, and promotional text for the proposed solution.

ENG 101 Blogging Assignments and ENG 101 Projects from David Morgen
Assignment Ideas: different blogging roles

David assigns students to one of three different blogging roles throughout the week. The students rotate through the roles of readers (posting initial questions from the reading), responders (responding to the questions with words and visual content such as videos and pictures), and historians (summarizing the class discussions). The class posts are syndicated through a WordPress plug-in so that everyone posts to their individual blogs, but also sees the collective works.

ENG 210 Visual Rendering from McKenna Rose
Assignment Ideas: digital infographic, series of podcasts

McKenna's students take a portion of the “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare and turn it into a digital infographic using Piktochart. Students are required to choose a guiding topic or claim and then use quotes and images to represent the supporting ideas. Later in the semester, they are encouraged to make a series of podcasts representing a scholarly webtext on some aspect of Shakespeare the class has covered.

ENG 101 Video Group Project from McKenna Rose
Assignment Ideas: video group project

Students are assigned a video group project where groups make a 5–7 minute video with infographics, diagrams, and text according to a script that centers on a main idea from one of the two stories that they read together. In addition to posting the video and script on each of their blogs, the students also have to post a “making-of” page that details how each group member's expectations changed over the course of the project and how the research and sources they used impacted the final product.

ENG 101 Meme from McKenna Rose
Assignment Ideas: allegory blog, creating memes

McKenna has her students do a three-part blog assignment in which students blog about a specific environmental issue. In the first allegory blog, students select a picture or image as an allegory connecting the object to a global environmental issue and describe how that image applies to the situation. Another part of the assignment is to create two memes that invite viewers to think about the same issue in a new or unexpected way. The memes are accompanied by a statement about the students creative process as they selected their picture and text.

ENG 101 Class Portfolio from McKenna Rose
Assignment Ideas: weather on Facebook project, virtual tour guide

The class portfolio assignment is basically a website that contains all of the students' work form the semester. One project that is required is a “Weather on Facebook” assignment where students track what people are saying about the weather for two weeks on a day-to-day basis. The students create an infographic of the results. This can be replicated for any subject. Another project is the virtual tour guide, where students are required to make a website that represents a significant place or memorial, complete with a site tour, explanatory webtexts, and other immersive tools.