The Odegaard Writing and Research Center presented a poster at the Teaching and Learning conference in 2012.
Note the following in this example of an excellent assignment prompt:
Note the following problems in this example of an assignment prompt:
This image describes the process of assignment development and the pitfalls that can occur at any stage.
Know your students
Many students don't know the library, especially a research library, nor library online resources, such as subscription journals. Many students will rely on the open web for research.
Clarity of the assignment
Describe the specifics of the assignment in writing. Let students know the purpose of the assignment. Define any terminology you use in the assignment.
Try your assignment
Put yourself in your student's shoes and do your assignment. Is the assignment feasible? Is the time frame reasonable for the amount of work? Is the assignment pitched at the appropriate level (i.e. 100 vs. 400 level course)