Student Showcase


Student Showcase forums work in conjunction with a major course assignment. Learners upload the project they want to showcase (video, image/infographic, audio recording, etc.) with a description or introduction. The other learners provide constructive feedback.


Provides an opportunity for learner-learner active engagement in a course.

Provides an opportunity for learners to “show off” their project, allowing them to practice giving and receiving constructive feedback and using it to improve their work.

When this works well

This type of forum works well in courses where there is a major creative project that learners can share with their peers and get their feedback or reaction


QM: 5.2, 6.2, 6.3

UDL: 7.2, 8.1, 8.3, 9.1, 5.2

Instructions for Learners and Faculty


As you complete this activity, consider the following:

Initial Post Instructions

Post Instructions: Showcase your History project masterpiece by sharing it with the rest of the class. Note - the best way to share your video, podcast, or narrated PowerPoint presentation is to upload it to a hosting site like YouTube or Google Drive and post a shareable link in the discussion forum.

Reply Instructions: Provide helpful/constructive feedback to the showcases of your classmates using the RISE model. Your feedback should provide enough detail so the student showing their work can use it to make improvements to their project.

Grading Criteria



Initial Post





Your initial response is posted on time.



On Topic

Your response addresses all the components of the prompt.




Your response exemplifies critical thinking on the topic.



Supporting Evidence

There are clear connections to research or resources supporting your initial response.




Discussion Thread

“Can you imagine Earth without forests? Dr. Weston’s lecture on the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest really impacted me. That is why I chose deforestation as the topic for my research project. I created an infographic on the facts and causes of deforestation. Attached is the project that I would like to showcase. I welcome any feedback you may have.

(River’s uploaded infographic)

 “River, your infographic is clear, informative, and engaging. Well done! I was surprised to see that forests cover 30% of the earth's land. I read that one and a half acres of forest is cut down every second. This rate of deforestation equals to a loss of 20 football fields every minute!”

 “Charlie, thank you for your comments. I am also familiar with that statistic. In fact scientists estimate that within 100 years there will be no rainforests.”

“River, I agree with Charlie that your infographic is clear, informative, and engaging. I also found it highly organized too! What is unclear to me is why all of these forests are being cut down. What is the deforested land being used for?

 “Alex, I also appreciate your comments. The land is often converted from a forest to agricultural land. Approximately 13 million hectares per year in South America and Africa and South East Asia is converted for agricultural purposes.”

Updated 12/1/2022

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