In Spring 2023, the Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center hosted an “Assignment Hack-a-thon,” where GC student instructors discussed student-centered teaching practices and redesigned their own assignments to be more inclusive and equitable. Students who “hacked” and remixed their assignments at the event agreed to openly license their materials and these assignments served as the foundation for the TLC’s Assignment Library.
Support for the Hack-a-thon event and the initial assignment contributions were provided by the Transformative Learning in the Humanities. To read more about this support read our TLH project recap.
The TLC Assignment Library uses Creative Commons licenses to share these assignments for remixing and reuse by other instructors. We hope that this Assignment Library will continue grow as instructors develop and share their assignments. To submit an assignment visit our Contribute page.
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Development & Design of the Library
To create the Assignment Library, TLC Staff and Fellows engaged in a multi-step exploration, development, and design process. In addition to hosting the Assignment Hack-a-thon, the TLC staff reviewed other assignment libraries to identify design elements for our ideal assignment library. Other libraries we looked at include:
- Hunter College’s Assignment Library
- Baruch College’s TeachOER
- Emory University’s Assignment Portal
- Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA)
- National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment Assignment Library
- NoRedInk Assignment Library
From our exploration we identified several design elements we wanted to build into our TLC Library:
- robust search functionality, including a search bar and also alternative pathways (such as discipline or class size) to sort through the assignments
- full assignment can be viewed on the site, without downloading a document; document download still an option, if desired
- user-friendly, simple, and stream-lined design; minimalist theme with limited descriptions (AKA no “wall of text”)
- categories and tags to organize and surface content
- ideally assignments entries include teacher instructions and rubrics, if applicable
Following the feature identification phase, TLC staff began to build out the website and collect the final version of assignment from Hack-a-thon participants. Assignments were added to the Library site, and during this process we tested and finalized the single assignment entry formatting. While adding the assignment entries to the Library, the category and tag structure took shape based on the tags and categories suggested by the assignment contributors. The taxonomy and folksonomy will continue to develop as more assignments are submitted to the Library.
When instructors submit an assignment, they choose the Creative Commons license for their submission. Unless otherwise noted, all assignments on this site are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). This means that assignments can be reused and remixed but must be attributed to the original assignment creator, and remixed versions cannot be used for commercial purposes and must be shared openly under the same license.
See our Resources page for more information.