Overcoming the ‘busywork’ dilemma: Creating Meaningful Asynchronous Activities for Student Engagement
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Session Description:
The busywork dilemma is where students perceive that assigned learning activities or assessments are not meaningfully contributing to their learning. This can be very frustrating to instructors as they oftentimes put a lot of effort and time into the design and implementation of these activities. This dilemma can be magnified in online and hybrid classes as these activities become more quantifiable in an online space. While students’ reasons for calling intentional learning activities busywork vary and some are embedded in misconceptions of learning there are some common pitfalls to avoid.

In this Conversation on Teaching, two faculty members will share their approach for designing asynchronous assignments and how they engage with students meaningful. They will also share their successes and challenges.

-Marshall Eakin, Professor of History
-Abby Parish, Associate Professor in The School of Nursing

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and their own teaching experiences to the discussion. Questions? Contact julaine.fowlin@vanderbilt.edu

Facilitator: Julaine Fowlin, Assistant Director, CFT

Date: January 14, 2021

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm (CST)

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