Group assignments offer students the chance to experience variety in assignments, break free of comfort zones, maybe make new friends, and ultimately learn how to successfully collaborate with peers who have a common goal.

In Michelle Davidson’s Business Professional Writing course at The University of Toledo, the common goal was an assignment:  to create a digital field guide to campus.  Students were tasked to work in groups and use WordPress to create a digital field guide showcasing an element of campus life.  This assignment required students to compose appropriate, descriptive copy and illustrate their ideas with visual images.  Responses were creative and featured a range of subjects, such as the campus library and academic services, and also college-appropriate topics like school spirit and staying fit.

Congratulations to Michelle, whose digital assignment was selected as the third bonus round winner in the Make It Count contest.  View the following video to learn more about Michelle’s class and her Digital Field Guide to Campus group project:


As a bonus round winner, Michelle has been automatically entered into the semi-finalist round of the contest, where she is eligible for additional prizes.

Vote Now!

You can help to determine the winners of the Make It Count contest. Visit the Make It Count contest site to view each of the top 10 submissions, which have been selected based on their originality, creativity, memorability, and overall appeal and impact.  Get inspired by their unique, student-engaging ideas and then cast your vote for the winner.

Three winners will receive the following prizes:

First Place – Paid travel and registration to EDUCAUSE, or a national conference of the winner’s choice

Second Place – $1000 donation to a scholarship of the winner’s choice at their institution

Third Place – $500 donation to a scholarship of the winner’s choice at their institution

Hear their inspiring stories from your peers, and vote for your favorite today! You can vote once per day, so keep coming back. Voting will remain open until 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, May 8th.  On Monday, May 9th the winners will be announced here and on the Make It Count contest site.

Congratulations again to Michelle Davidson, and best of luck to all ten semi-finalists!