The June 2013 National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Newsletter contained an article titled “The Little Assignment with the Big Impact: Reading, Writing, Critical Reflection, and Meaningful Discussion” by Dr. Geraldine Van Gyn.
The article focused on a short assignment designed to increase engagement and participation among students, informally known as “the 3-2-1″, due to three requirements:
- Students read the material and describe the three most important aspects of their reading
- Students identify two confusing aspects of the reading and how this material hindered their general understanding of the reading
- Students pose one critical question to the text’s author
The assignment is graded with a short rubric, available here. Results of an analysis has provided evidence that this short assignment has had a large impact on student engagement and empowerment in both undergraduate and graduate courses in higher education. For the original article, please click here.