The number and release of assignments is appropriate for the estimated time of module completion and student workload.
Points: 2 (Very Important)
QM Alignment: 3.5
Consider how much time students need to complete a specific assignment or the sequence of assignments.
- Use a consistent day of the week and time for assignment due dates so that they are more predictable for students.
- Set the due date, availability date, and (optionally) until date for each of your graded activities.
- Break multi-week assignments or projects into stages with their own deadlines to track student progress and encourage students not to wait until the last minute to begin work on them.
- In general, students are expected to work on average 2 hours out of class for every 1 hour of class time per week. In an asynchronous online course, there is no “class time,” and so that would be 3 hours of work per credit hour per week.
- A 3 credit course would thus entail around 9 hours of work for the student per week.
- A full course load of five 3-credit courses would entail around 45 hours of work per week (5 courses x 3 credit hours x 3 hours of student work). Thus, being a full-time student is somewhat equivalent to working a full time job.
- Too light or too heavy of a course workload in a particular module or week.
- Course workload varies greatly during certain weeks or modules.
- Larger or more difficult assignments or projects are not broken into stages.
Example: Student Profile Project
Lesson 1 & 2: Grade Level Research—Select a Grade Level at a specific K-12 School. Research and obtain key information about your students such as Student Demographics, Culture, Gender, Grade Level Information, School Information, State Standards for this Grade Level, Developmental Stages: Physical, Cognitive, Intellectual, Social.
Lesson 3 & 4: Student Motivation Reflection—Identify Their Educational Experience by considering student Cognitive Development Level, Thinking Process and Learning Style, and Motivational Theory and Strategies.
Lesson 5: Information Processing Infographic—Create an infographic that captures how your students process information using Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Theory, or Information Processing Theory.
Lesson 6: Final Product: Student Profile—Complete a student profile that captures the entire educational experience by adding in Social and Emotional Needs, Teaching Methods and Strategies, and Learning Activities and Assessments.