Examples of Academic Activities

  DescriptionRate of Equivalency
1.Online videos and podcastsVideos and podcasts from both publisher sites as well as open sites such as Youtube and Itunes University.Length of video or podcast = same amount of instructional time.
2.Discussion board (Forum)Threaded discussion posts relating to a reading, video, podcast, or class activity. Discussion posts tend to be thoughtful articulations or principled arguments for a particular position. Reply comments should be constructive, meaningful, and express an understanding of the original post and the learning outcomes of the assignment.Each student post = ½ hour of instructional time.
3.Wiki entryA summary, in the student’s own words, of a concept, construct, problem, point of view, or other content which reflects significant thought and integration of ideas.Each student wiki entry = ½ hour of instructional time.
4.Glossary entryShort responses that indicate that the student understands a term or concept. A glossary entry is always expected to be in the student’s own words.Each student-posted definition = ½ hour of instructional time.
5.Synchronous online chat or webinarA real-time conversation using either chat, video, or some combination of both.Length of synchronous online chat or webinar = same amount of instructional time.
6.Faculty or Publisher- created PowerPoint presentation (with or without Voiceovers)A lecture, set of notes, or detailed discussion of a topic generated by faculty member or publisher using a format that lends itself to online sharing (e.g., PowerPoint).2 minutes of instructional time per slide without Voiceovers
5 minutes of instructional time per slide with Voiceovers
If additional activities (i.e., a quiz or discussion) are added to review of the slides, add that instructional time to total.
7.Student-created online PowerPoint presentationA lecture, set of notes, or detailed discussion of a topic generated by a student or group of students using a format that lends itself to online sharing (e.g., PowerPoint).1 - 4 hours depending on number of slides created and presented at the equivalency rate of 15 minutes per slide
8.Student-created audio/video presentationA lecture or presentation that is recorded and uploaded by a student or group of students.Each 15 minutes of video (includes research, planning, and presentation) = 2 hours of instructional time.
9.Reflection paper (writing and posting)A short paper, usually 2-3 pages, where the learner is asked to respond to something that he or she has been exposed to. Typically, it does not involve integrating external material.1 hour of instructional time
10.Online quizzes/tests (multiple choice)An online quiz or exam in multiple-choice format.1 minute of instructional time per question
11.Online quizzes/tests (short answer)An online quiz or exam that uses short-answer format (typically, 4-10 sentences).5 minutes of instructional time per question
12.Online quizzes/tests (essay)An online quiz or exam which requires more in-depth narrative answers (typically 1-2 pages per question).20 minutes of instructional time per question
13.Field trips or virtual toursAn out-of-class educational activity attended by the student. The activity may be an actual or virtual tour (e.g., museum, talk, play).
1 hour of field trips/tours = 1 hour of instructional time
14.Library researchA research paper integrating concepts obtained from a range of primary and secondary sources to address a specific learning goal.3-5 page paper = 1-2 hours of instructional time
15.Evaluation of posted peer workA qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation of peer work which may use a formal rubric.Posting of rubric and/or written response = ½ hour of instructional time
16.Service learning projectsA project that requires the student to apply concepts from the classroom to address real-world problems.1 hour of service learning = 1 hour of instructional time

 

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