RIT's General Education Assignment Library 

The General Education Assignment Library contains samples of assignments created by RIT faculty to assess General Education Student Learning Outcomes. Assignments are collected and shared by the Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment to support the teaching of General Education courses.  

Thank you to the RIT faculty who gave permission to share their assignments and contribute to the General Education community of practice. As assignment design is an iterative process, many of the assignments posted will be revised and improved by faculty or replaced with newer assignments. Assignment authors are encouraged to submit revised materials.    

Featured Assignments

Click here to view our featured assignments and read vignettes about how RIT faculty members developed relevant and engaging assignments that support student achievement of course objectives, including the General Education Student Learning Outcomes. The faculty share the reasons why they like these particular assignments and some of the lessons learned as they’ve modified and improved the assignments over time.

 

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This library allows RIT faculty to:

  • Browse assignments by outcome, discipline, or method 
  • Review pedagogical and assessment guidelines by outcome
  • View assignments that can be used to assess multiple outcomes
Conservation Biology Project

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Outcome: Demonstrate creative or innovative approaches to assignments or projects, Use relevant evidence gathered through accepted scholarly methods and properly acknowledge sources of information

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking

Discipline: Natural Sciences

Course: BIOL 475

Author(s): Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney

Method: Project

Current Events Presentation

The goal of this assignment is for the class to keep up-to-date with events taking place in the U.S. this semester, to learn to critically reflect upon what is happening and understand the global impact, as well as hone your presentation skills.

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Outcome: Examine connections among the world’s populations, Express oneself effectively in presentations, either in American English or American Sign Language

RIT Educational Goal: Integrative Literacies- Communication Literacy, Global Interconnectedness

Discipline: Humanities

Course: ENGL 411, American Literature

Author(s): Professor Ana Maria Simundic

Method: Presentation

Digital Volunteers for the Smithsonian

Students become Digital Volunteers for the Smithsonian and originally transcribe or review items from the museum's collections and transcribe the items using the digital files provided through the Smithsonian’s platform. The second part of the assignment asks students to write an informal response to this assignment that is based upon their experience and includes linkages to our course readings. 

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Outcome: Demonstrate comprehension of information and ideas accessed through reading

RIT Educational Goal: Integrative Literacies- Communication Literacy

Discipline: Humanities

Course: MUSE 225 Museums and The Digital Age

Author(s): Dr. Juilee Decker

Method: Project

Drug Control

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Outcome: Identify contemporary ethical questions and relevant positions

RIT Educational Goal: Ethical Reasoning

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: CRIM 110, Introduction to Criminal Justice

Author(s): Dr. Irshad Altheimer

Method: Essay

Environmental Science Questions

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Outcome: Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles and concepts of one of the natural sciences

RIT Educational Goal: Integrative Literacies- Scientific Literacy

Discipline: Natural Sciences

Course: ENVS 150 Ecology of the Dalmation Coast

Author(s): Dr. Staša Puškarić

Method: Exam Questions

Film Critique Assignment

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Outcome: Interpret and evaluate artistic expression considering the cultural context in which it was created

RIT Educational Goal:

Discipline: Humanities

Course: HIST 275, Screening the Trenches: The History of WWI Through Film

Author(s): Dr. Rebecca Scales

Method: Critique

General Education Ethical Guidelines

The General Education Faculty Team for the Ethical Perspective developed a set of guidelines to help faculty align their course assignments to the university rubric. They also included samples of assignments.

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Outcome: Identify contemporary ethical questions and relevant positions

RIT Educational Goal: Ethical Reasoning

Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Course:

Author(s): General Education Ethical Faculty Team

Method: Assignment Guidelines

GMO Debate

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Outcome: Analyze and construct arguments considering their premises, assumptions, contexts, and conclusions, and anticipating counterarguments

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking, Integrative Literacies- Scientific Literacy, Communication Literacy

Discipline: Natural Sciences

Course: BIOL 111, Science in the Garden

Author(s): Dr. Dawn Carter

Method: Debate

Human Communication

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Outcome: Express oneself effectively in presentations, either in American English or American Sign Language

RIT Educational Goal: Integrative Literacies- Communication Literacy

Discipline: Humanities

Course: COMM 101, Human Communication

Author(s): Professor Elizabeth Reeves O'Connor

Method: Presentation

Kosovo Crisis Simulation

This assignment asks students to critically reflect on the ethics of their role in an in-class simulation. We simulate the 1999 crisis in Kosovo, especially the months leading up to the NATO decision to begin airstrikes over Kosovo aimed at preventing the wider spread of ethnic cleansing by Serbian forces of the Kosovar Albanian population. 

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Outcome: Identify contemporary ethical questions and relevant positions

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking, Ethical Reasoning, Global Interconnectedness

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: POLS 205, Ethics in International Politics

Author(s): Dr. Benjamin Banta

Method: Simulation and Reflection Essay

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New assignments are added to the library so regularly so check back soon. If you are looking for more assignment samples, the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment maintains a robust Assignment Library.