Adapting to our times: Transforming assignments for remote work
Jenny Morse,Theresa Wernimont,Lori Adair
General Teaching Topics
Monday, January 11th 2021
In Spring 2020, all of us experienced a hard shift from working face-to-face to working online. In our Bus300: Business Writing and Communication class, we needed to change a Team Project with multiple components that lasted over 6 weeks from an in-person experience to a virtual one. In addition, the content of the Team Project has always addressed real-world communication challenges, which meant that we could transform the content of our assignment to ask students the very questions we were struggling with ourselves: what's the best way to communicate in our remote environment? how would a business choose which virtual platforms to use? what communication challenges are businesses facing at this moment? Our session shares both the ways in which we changed our assignment content to match the changes in the real world and how we changed the practical deployment of the Team Project to accommodate our new circumstances.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: share how face-to-face Team Projects can be adapted for remote environments and how assignment content can reflect real-world circumstances
Targeted Audience: other instructors who are still exploring strategies for working with groups and/or want to make assignments more practical for students