Renewable assignments are meaningful alternatives to the disposable assignments that are commonplace in classrooms at all levels.
As Bob Casper, an Instructional Design Consultant with the Center for Teaching and Learning at Boise State University, asks (and answers), "What happens to student assignments after they are completed and graded? If the answer is 'nothing,' students (and the world) may be missing out on the benefits of their work."
Renewable assignments provide something to the course and the world, and they can be used, reused, remixed, and shared by classmates and instructors all over. These kinds of assignments teach students about their roles in the creation of knowledge and the responsibilities they have as creators.
Examples of renewable assignments are listed below.
These ideas were compiled by Cheryl Cuillier and shared on the LibOER email group.
These resources were compiled from those suggested by Cheryl Cuillier, Phil Barker, and Bebe Chang on the LibOER email group, and Amanda Larson and Lindsey Gumb during their presentation in the OTN Summit 2020.