Saturday, August 8, 2015

Unit 5: Creating Open and Engaging Artifact Challenges

There are many great model sources for student-creation activities and artifact challenges. For example, we can look at the wonderful work of Dan Meyer on modeling in mathematics education, or the fabulous catalog of artifact activities from DS106.

Naturally, these types of activities fall into a number of different categories. Key differentiators include:
  • Does the activity require creation of content or creation + analysis?
  • Do participants need to learn or use an unfamiliar tool for the activity?
  • Does the activity require mastery of a new learning concept?
  • How much time does the activity require for completion?
  • Is the activity complex or simple?
For those new to creating artifact challenges, or those simply looking for a broad range of easy-to-adapt improvs, I really like the Daily Try activity that Alan Levine is facilitating as part of the UdG Agora project. The great thing about the Daily Try is that, while many of the activities are fairly simple, they generally lead to genuine reflection. Another great aspect of the Daily Try is that all of the participant work is aggregated via Twitter tags, which reinforces community sharing.

Here are a couple of examples of Daily Try activities that I have completed.
For this Artifact Challenge we would like for you to design your own Daily Try. Your contribution should consist of two parts: 1) a description; 2) an example. You can look at any of the #agoratry examples to get ideas for how to do this. Please note that these can be either simple or complex, and can veer more toward a specific discipline.

You can create your Daily Try as a blog post and provide a link inside a #NTPoC tweet or as part of a comment below.

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