Pack the Car: Cases and Assignments
Discussed during the Planning your Road Trip phase, Cases and Assignments drive the Mobius SLIP experience. An assignment, which you should have created during the planning phase, is the container, or, shall we say, a bag, which holds the content to prompt the student and receive the three deliverables — Submission, Review and Reaction.
Cases are like the small case you put inside of your main luggage, the assignment. Cases are useful when you, the instructor, wish to give every peer group the same assignment instructions, (i.e., write a memo), yet wish to have each group write a memo on a different topic. For example, suppose as an instructor, you wish for the Submission deliverable collected to be essays concerning inventions seen on Modern Marvels on the History Channel. At the same time, you do not wish for your entire class to write about food trucks. The solution would be to create Cases. Each case could be a PDF file with some background information and a link to a particular clip posted on YouTube. By creating multiple cases, each group can now experience a different Modern Marvel.
Cases may or may not be used, it depends on you, the instructor, if you so choose to use them or if you choose to have the entire class create their Submissions based on a single prompt. The choice is yours!