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.    

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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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Research into Writing, Discourse, and Identity

In this  project students assess the uses and limits of the position they take regarding some aspect or issue related to writing, discourse, and identity. 

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Outcome: Revise and improve written products, Express oneself effectively in common college-level written forms using standard American English, Use relevant evidence gathered through accepted scholarly methods and properly acknowledge sources of information

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

Discipline: Humanities

Course: UWRT 150 First Year Writing

Author(s): Professor Paulette Swartzfager

Method: Project

Research Project & Reflective Cover Letter

Students are asked to choose a writing-related issue focused on any of the articles discussed in class that they want to continue to work with. Students develop a research question that they feel personally invested in and curious about, and that they want to attempt to answer.

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Outcome: Revise and improve written products, Express oneself effectively in common college-level written forms using standard American English, Use relevant evidence gathered through accepted scholarly methods and properly acknowledge sources of information

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

Discipline: Humanities

Course: UWRT 150 First Year Writing

Author(s): Professor Andy Perry

Method: Project

Research Proposal and Paper

In this multi-step assignment, students select a topic and write an informative research paper about an approved topic of significance to their audience (peers comprised of business majors and software engineering majors). Phases of the project include: a formal topic proposal, an annotated bibliography, a progress report, and the research paper.

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Outcome: Revise and improve written products, Use relevant evidence gathered through accepted scholarly methods and properly acknowledge sources of information

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

Discipline: Humanities

Course: COMM 253 Communication

Author(s): Dr. Kari Cameron

Method: Research Proposal and Paper

Science, Technology, and Values: Editorial Analysis

The purpose of this assignment is to think more deeply about the conflicting values and worldviews that underlay controversies pertaining to ecosystem management, and to examine possibilities for bringing together opposing sides through a focus on shared values.

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Outcome: Analyze and construct arguments considering their premises, assumptions, contexts, and conclusions, and anticipating counterarguments, Identify contemporary ethical questions and relevant positions

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

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: STSO 140 Science, Technology, and Values

Author(s): Dr. Christine Keiner

Method: Essay

Seeing Through the Walls of Globalization

In an introductory sociology course, students learn that economic globalization creates differing experiences of people both within and between nations.  This assignment focuses on the uneven benefits resulting from globalization that shape migration decisions.  

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Outcome: Analyze similarities and differences in human social experiences and evaluate the consequences

RIT Educational Goal: Global Interconnectedness

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: SOCI 102 Introduction to Sociology

Author(s): Dr. Vincent Serrravallo

Method: Exam Question

Slash and Burn Soil Erosion Modeling

In this lab report students assess the impact of landscape alteration on area hydrology, water quality, and soil erosion. 

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Outcome: Reach sound conclusions based on logical analysis of evidence

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking, Integrative Literacies (Scientific Literacy)

Discipline: Natural Sciences

Course: ENVS 111, Soil Erosion

Author(s): Dr. Karl Korfmacher

Method: Lab Report

Social Responsibility

Is the social responsibility of business to increase its profits? Students analyze a text by Milton Friedman (“The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits”, The New York Times Magazine, 13 September 1970) and answer this question in an in-class debate. Students are divided into smaller groups consisting of affirmative team, opposing team, and those judging the arguments presented by both sides in the 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

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: ANTH 210, Culture and Globalization

Author(s): Dr. Vanda Bazdan

Method: Debate

Stem Cell Policy

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Outcome: Analyze similarities and differences in human social experiences and evaluate the consequences

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: PUBL 101, Foundations of Public Policy

Author(s): Professor Lyndsey McGrath

Method: Exam Question

Still Life Analysis

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

RIT Educational Goal: Integrative Literacies- Aesthetic Literacy, Integrative Literacies- Communication Literacy

Discipline: Humanities

Course: ARTH 135/136, Survey of Western Art and Architecture

Author(s): Dr. Sarah Thompson

Method: Essay

The Practice and Products of Philosophy

Workbook problems engage one in the practice of philosophy and allow one to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the products of philosophy.

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Outcome: Identify contemporary ethical questions and relevant positions

RIT Educational Goal: Ethical Reasoning

Discipline: Humanities

Course: PHIL 102, Introduction to Moral Issues

Author(s): Dr. Colin Mathers

Method: Workbook Problems

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