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My teaching practice is a series of 4 papers I call "Creative Assignments." During the semester, students have to engage with material outside of class and relate it to course topics in 3 pages. They are called creative assignments because students have a wide latitude of what "external" material they can pull from. For example, students can watch a documentary, listen to a podcast, attend a campus talk, visit a museum, interview someone, or propose their own (roughly 1.5 - 2 hour) alternative. Students cannot do the same option more than twice, so are encouraged to engage with real-world material in a variety of ways. In the assignment, students summarize the ideas in the external material and relate it to two course readings. This idea addresses the need of having students see the relevance of course material and of having students apply what they learn in practical and specific ways.
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Bloomfield, Emma, "Creative Assignments for Real-World Course Application" (2020). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 88.