We all want our students to not only understand the material, but to also relate it to something that makes it interesting and personal. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, why not use a photo – instead of a paper or essay – to see what students have learned across any discipline and subject area? It can replace an assignment or be used as a wrap up for a unit, with bonus points toward an exam.
Photo assignments can be created in Blackboard as an Assignment, Discussion Board, or Padlet. Students can create a photo via Adobe Spark or find one with Adobe Stock or Pixabay and upload it, with a short (3-5 sentences) narrative describing the main concept of a unit/topic, or how the content is relevant to their lives. This allows students to consider what image best represents the concept, think about it critically, and process ideas through their own lens.
- What do I know?
- How do I show/explain it?
- How is this relevant to me?
For more review:
- Photo Assignments: An Exploration of Student Retention Rate
- Incorporating Photovoice in the Marketing Curriculum to Increase Cultural Competence
- Photovoice as a pedagogical tool: Student engagement in undergraduate introductory chemistry for nonscience majors
- Two approaches for using web sharing and photography assignments to increase critical thinking in the health sciences.