Gleb Tsipursky, assistant professor at Ohio State University’s Newark Campus, has been trying out something new with the students in his history classes. Instead of assigning research papers, Tsipursky assigns class-sourcing projects where students create “publicly accessible online digital artifacts, such as wikis websites, blogs, videos, podcasts, and others.” The students work in teams to create a historically accurate database that is available to the online community. Here is a taste of Tsipursky’s class-sourcing strategy from Inside Higher Ed:
Similar to a research paper, students conduct independent research on a specific topic they chose, analyze the information they find, and organize and communicate this data, which strengthens research, writing and critical thinking. However, online digital artifacts provide additional benefits, as they advance our ability to teach students digital literacy skills relevant to professional and civic life in the modern digital age.
The novelty of class-sourced assignments improves student engagement, which enhances comprehension of course content. Additionally, the publicly accessible nature of the online projects, and students’ knowledge that they will be used to teach subsequent classes, results in improved academic performance. Finally, students working in teams on these assignments strengthened teamwork and collaboration abilities.
Thanks to Megan Piette for contributing this post.