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Upcoming Conversation on Teaching: Overcoming the ‘busywork’ Dilemma

Posted by on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 in Events.

Overcoming the ‘busywork’ Dilemma: Creating Meaningful Asynchronous Activities for Student Engagement

The busywork dilemma is where students perceive that assigned learning activities or assessments are not meaningfully contributing to their learning. This can be very frustrating to instructors as they often put a lot of effort and time into the design and implementation of these activities. This dilemma can be magnified in online and hybrid classes when students are held accountable for learning activities in new ways. While students’ reasons for calling intentional learning activities busywork vary and some are embedded in misconceptions of learning there are some common pitfalls to avoid.

In this Conversation on Teaching, two faculty members will share their approach for designing asynchronous assignments and how they engage with students meaningful. They will also share their successes and challenges.


  • Marshall Eakin, Professor of History
  • Abby Parish, Associate Professor in The School of Nursing

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and their own teaching experiences to the discussion. Questions? Contact

Facilitator: Julaine Fowlin, Assistant Director, CFT
Date: January 14, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (CST)

A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email.


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