Module 6: Backward Design & Open Pedagogy

What is Backward Design | Why Backward Design |Open Pedagogy | Renewable Assignments | Assignment & Discussion

Renewable Assignments

While traditional assignments are sometimes viewed as hoops for students to jump through, a renewable assignment is designed for students to learn and to contribute to the field of study at the same time. Instead of ending up in the trash bin, renewable assignments give students the opportunities to add value to the world, and provide a foundation for future students to learn from and build upon.

To be considered renewable, the teacher invites the students to openly license and publicly share their work with the global community.  Renewable assignments can take the form of student-created learning guides, infographics illustrating textbook content, critical introductions to readings, or open access books that faculty and students collaboratively wrote, revised, or edited.

Read: Renewable assignments: Student work adding value to the world by Christina Hendricks

Read: Designing with OER (DOER) Fellows Renewable Assignments (select one example from your discipline) from the Open Education Group


This module was created by Ching-Jung Chen. Portions of the content were adapted from: