This is a strategy I would like to use with the university preparation course I design materials and curriculum for at the moment. I taught this course for four years, and now I am working on improving the students experience and delivery of the course.
I believe that in a course with so many demands (assessments) and pressures, students can lose their motivation. This idea of a "menu" will give students an opportunity to choose what kinds of tasks they want to do. In designing the menu, I would like to ensure there is a lot of choice, but that each menu option for each category will achieve the required outcome.
Options could include, for example, for a course outcome of "speak effectively to an audience using formal register and discipline specific vocabulary"
- a research PowerPoint presentation of a topic of your choice
- a video lesson posted on YouTube teaching the audience about one specific area from your field
- a recorded "radio" interview with a classmate or professional from your field
- an unsupported persuasive TED Talk of five minutes on a theme selected by the class
For a digital project, I would like to attempt to create a live menu of learning activities for student to choose from. It would work like a menu app for a restaurant. After they have placed their order, they will receive a receipt, which will serve as a learning contract for what the students will be completing for their major assignments for the term.
I do not have the technological know-how to pull this off just yet, but, putting the idea out there is the first step. I believe that if I can get this project off the ground, the Pathway department I work with now will create a customized learning experience unlike any other school I have worked for. Wish me luck.