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Pedagogical Practices

The content provided below draws from previous ICaP workshops on pedagogical practices on the following topics:

Creating and Assessing Multimedia Projects
Assessing Writing with Rubrics
Teaching Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons
Non-Native Speakers of English and Teaching with Technology
Plagiarism and Technology Concerns
Developing Accessible Teaching Materials
Communicating with Students and Teaching Online


Creating and Assessing Multimedia Projects

Designing and grading multimedia (and/or multimodal) projects can be intimidating to new teachers or experienced teachers working with new programs and media types. These materials from a previous ICaP workshop cover different approaches to designing multimedia assignments, best practices and tips for creating assignment sheets for multimedia projects, and different ways to grade multimedia assignment products.

Workshop Materials: Creating and Assessing Multimedia Projects

Purdue Libraries offers this Guide to Writing and Multimedia Projects for English 106 and 108.

Assessing Writing with Rubrics

If created thoughtfully, rubrics should:

  1. save you time when grading
  2. encourage grading consistency
  3. clarify expectations and feedback for students

Each decision you make when designing a rubric should work toward one of these three goals.

ICaP's complete guide to creating effective rubrics includes an explanation of the elements of a rubric and an Analytic Rubric Checklist.

Teaching Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

Many students and instructors are uncertain what copyright means and what kinds of assignments and activities fall under fair use principles. These materials introduce general intellectual property concerns in the classroom, including definitions of fair use, and focuses on best practices for assigning and teaching multimedia projects.

Workshop Materials: Teaching Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

Videos About Copyright and Intellectual Property

Additional Resources for Learning about and Teaching Copyright

Non-Native Speakers of English and Teaching with Technology

Non-Native Speakers of English bring different skills, perspectives, and needs to conversations about technology or to assignments dependent on specific technologies. These materials provide terminology for different language users and learners, strategies for recognizing some of the literacies Native Speakers take for granted in demonstrating technologies or making assignments, and exercises to help engage the literacies Non-Native Speakers and/or International Students bring with them.

Workshop Slide Deck: Non-Native Speakers and Teaching with Technology

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Plagiarism and Technology Concerns

Plagiarism is a serious professional and scholarly issue, and handling it pedagogically is challenging. Students need to know that plagiarism is wrong, but they also need to understand not plagiarizing carries big benefits for their learning and the conversations driving human discovery. These workshop materials examine definitions and cultural attitudes toward plagiarism, discuss ways to build assignments and activities that resist plagiarism, provide scenarios to help teachers practice deciding how to handle plagiarism, and walk through some digital tools that can be used to diagnose and, combined with conversation in class, teach students how to not plagiarize.

Workshop Materials: Plagiarism and Technology Concerns


Developing Accessible Teaching Materials

Web, document, and media accessibility is not just a nice thing to do, it is a requirement of education institutions. These materials provide helpful definitions and easy ways to eliminate accessibility issues in professional and course materials.

Workshop Materials: Developing Accessible Teaching Materials

 Creating Accessible Documents from Purdue Innovative Learning provides resources for accessible design in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDFs, and more. They also provide a guide to Universal Design & Accessibility.

Communicating with Students & Teaching Online

Interacting with students via digital platforms is increasingly a common practice in college courses, whether they are face-to-face or online. These materials provide basic frameworks for communicating with students and designing Online Writing Classes (OWC), focusing on important questions to start with, strategies for adapting existing materials, and picking technologies to facilitate successful classes.

Workshop Materials: Communicating with Students and Teaching Online

CCCC’s Position Statement of Principles and Example Effective Practices for Online Writing Instruction (OWI)

Purdue’s Guidelines for Digital Education