Douglas Adams and Erica Estes present an example of High Impact Practice 5: Collaborative Assignments and Projects. This example focuses on an assignment which encourages students to interact in class to solve problems related to course content.
High Impact Practice (HIP) 5: Collaborative Assignments and Projects
3 Questions: Using HIP Collaborative Class Assignments and Life Design
Douglas Adams, associate professor in the department of Sociology and Criminology, and Erica Estes, Director of Employer Relations for Fulbright College, gave a presentation titled, “3 Questions: Using HIP Collaborative Class Assignments and Life Design.”
- Students must form groups of 3.
- Students must move to different parts of the room.
- Students must introduce themselves to eachother using their first and last names.
- Students are assigned a 5 minute “problem” to solve.
- Students must put answers to the problem on a card and the cards are projected to show the wisdom of the groups.
This assignment allows for collaboration and creativity while reducing anxiety among students. This assignment can be repeated 2-3 times in a class and encourages pre and post class interactions among students. It builds on networking skills, allows for immediate feedback on the ideas, and results in stronger answers to the problems they are addressing.
For more about High Impact Practices and HIP 5: Collaborative Assignments and Projects, see HIPS: High Impact Practices
This content was developed from a presentation at “Are We H.I.P. Enough? A Retreat Showcasing High Impact Practices on Campus” coordinated by Brande Flack, Danielle Dunn, and Deborah Korth and sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education and the Offices of Student Success.