Authentic, clear, and relevant
Broken into parts
Linked with library services
Aligned with instruction
Define terms / specify sources
Provide models and evaluation criteria
How will students choose their research focus?
Will students work alone or in collaborative teams?
What final product formats will be accepted?
How will sub-assignments/lectures tie into the research project?
Have you established resource partnerships with the library?
Feedback on the students' progress?
Will students have the opportunity to revise their work?
What new knowledge & skills will students gain?
Is it clear how the knowledge & skills will relate to course objectives?
Can final project be used to benefit students or others?
Will students be given the opportunity to formally reflect on how this assignment has helped them grow (academically/professionally)?
Source: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us by Daniel Pink