Andrew Davis developed this fully online graduate course in STM knowing that he would not be the instructor as he was relocating to Boston. The story of how his culminating assignment came about is worth sharing. Andrew struggled with what to do as a final assessment. Because this is a graduate-level course, he felt tradition dictated that he assign a final paper about a topic germane to the class, however, his instincts were guiding him in a different direction. When we asked Andrew what he wanted students to take away from his class he said it was very simple - he wanted them to reflect about how they could incorporate the teachings of Job into their own pastoral settings. This assignment became his culminating project and although seemingly uncomplicated, it zeroed in on exactly what he wanted the students to do. He describes the assignment as "deceptively simple". Sometimes the best answer is right in front of us!
Andrew used VoiceThread in a unique way. Students were instructed to pair up and discuss a topic. After the dyad discussions, students used VoiceThread to create a video report about what the student's partner said.
Finally, Andrew made extensive use of the rubric tool in Canvas. He developed detailed rubrics for the weekly papers and another for the culminating assignment.
EXAMPLE OF RUBRIC
SYLLABUS ON A CANVAS PAGE