RESOURCE-BASED LEARNING: ALTERNATIVE ASSIGNMENTS
Students select and define a topic, then find information sources related to it. Students list the sources using a standard format (MLA, APA, etc) and include an evaluative annotation for each source.
Students find an existing bibliography (list of references or review of the literature) to update.
Students choose a subject, then find a popular magazine article and a scholarly article on the subject. Students compare content, style, authors, audience, etc.
Students choose an author/scholar/researcher and research one aspect of that persons career and ideas. Students could summarize results in a short paper and/or could create an annotated bibliography of findings.
Students find an autobiography related to the course content. From it, they choose an idea or an event, then find secondary sources related to it.
Students use the library resources to provide factual background information on an issue.
Students do research and sell their idea (issue, product) to the other students. (Can be videotaped)
Critical Book Review
Students read a book and with certain criteria, critically evaluate that book. They can compare their evaluation with published book reviews.
Students contact local, state, and private agencies relating to a special problem and ask what services they provide for their clients.
Students choose a "hot topic" on a current issue and follow it in the periodicals during the semester. Students report briefly on where they found the information, on how the topic differed from one source to another and on the changes or important events related to the topic.
Students write short papers which must be supported with expert opinion, but they need not do extensive research.
Read an editorial and find facts to support it.
Students find information to support a class concept, lab work, or class project.
Students present all of the view points they find on a given issue, both pro and con, but do not have to take a position.
Students interview people in their field and report findings.
Students summarize selected articles from research journals in their field on a certain topic.
Students prepare material to teach other students about an aspect of the course.
Students track a current issue on television, radio, and print sources and analyze the coverage in each type of media.
Students write a newspaper article describing an event (political social, cultural,) based on their research.
Students do some type of project that they might do on their job.
Students compile a scrapbook. Copies of newspaper editorials, articles, pictures, and magazine articles illustrate a certain topic (example: automobile safety) and provide a written justification for the items selected.
Students choose an interesting "happening" (scientific, technological, political, social, cultural, etc.) during the year they were born and find more information relating to it. Students explore newspaper headlines, quotations, biographies, musical favorites. (OPTIONAL: Trace its outcome to the present and explain its affect on the world they now live in.)
Web Site Evaluation
Students evaluate a web site on specific criteria
Adapted from Bonnie Preston's Alternative Assignment by The Community College of Baltimore County