Artifact Design Task Guidelines

See a Google Documents version of this page here, if you’d like to use it as a template for your artifact design.

Due date

EOD Sunday, 8/7


Create a computing-integrated teaching artifact that you will implement in a course in the Fall. These might include…

  • 🌶️ Assignments / Projects
  • 🌶️ In-class activity
  • 🌶️ Online activity
  • 🌶️ 🌶️ Unit
  • 🌶️ 🌶️ Fieldwork activity (e.g. observation report)
  • 🌶️ 🌶️ 🌶️ Course redesign
  • 🌶️ 🌶️ 🌶️ New course
  • 🌶️ 🌶️ 🌶️ 🌶️ Scope and sequence across courses

Artifact guidelines

Your artifact should…

  • Integrate computing:
    • Promote learning outcomes that relate to digital fluency and computing standards
    • Help support conversations with your teacher (candidates) about, with, through, and against technology
  • Build on the strengths and experiences of your particular learners
    • Consider dimensions of equity from our conversations
    • Draw on frameworks like the Kapor Center’s Equitable CS framework, NYS CR-SE, or other college-specific one.
  • Support the teaching of content across teacher education components and courses
    • Focus on supporting teacher candidates to apply knowledge about learners, learning environments, equity and culturally relevant practice, content, instructional practice, professionalis and in Foundations, Methods, Fieldwork
  • Support your own development and that of your college/program – This could look like addressing…
    • A challenge you observe in teacher candidates’ experience
    • Systemic inequity issues in STEM/teacher education
    • An area of growth/priority for you or your department

Elements to include 

You likely have your own formats and requirements for course planning – feel free to use and draw on those. 

No matter what format you use, please plan to include the following elements in your design.

Faculty designer(s):

Title of Activity/Assignment:



Questions to generate your thinking: 

  • Why is this activity important for teacher education students at my institution?
  • Why is this unit important to the content of my course? 
  • How does this artifact achieve the guidelines above especially around diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Learning Goals:

  • Not sure where to start? The design toolkits may help you articulate goals for engagement about, with, through, and/or against technology, and have some curricular resources to work off.

What are the standards involved? (Think AAQEP, ISTE, NYSED, department learning goals or indicators)

What computing and/or digital literacies does this artifact integrate, and for what reasons?

Summary of the activity/assignment

Sample of the activity/assignment 

  • This is a sample project/product that you create to show students, or to help you process and make sense of \the activity

Blurb or write up of the assignment for syllabus

How you plan to assess your students’ learning

Other resources or materials that you create for this artifact

(revised from a template by Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, Brooklyn College


  • Draft artifacts due before our PD sessions in August (by EOB 8/7/2022)
  • Submit your artifact in the folder for your college linked here.

Design Process

  • Gain inspiration for your artifact by consulting a design toolkit
  • Gain inspiration for your artifact by attending at least two workshops listed in this catalog. (Registration link sent to your email)
  • If you get stuck, schedule a meeting with a CITE team member here. It could help to schedule these with other members of your design team that may be facing similar challenges.
  • You’ll work on your design with the support of 2 teams

Design team

College Team

The people working on the same/similar artifacts to you.

  • Could be with folks in your college OR across colleges
  • Goals: You can collaborate with this team to make joint artifacts, or just provide each other with feedback, ideas and encouragement as you produce artifacts in parallel throughout the month.
  • If you don’t have a design team, email us!

The people working at the same institution as you

  • Some folks are present at this PD, some are not.
  • Goals: To understand the artifacts being designed across the college, to attempt to coordinate artifact designs.

Sharing Out and Getting Feedback

  • During PD sessions during the week of 8/8, you will share a completed draft of your artifact, and get more formalized feedback from your design team.
    • Sign up for a time to share here.
    • Plan to share the core elements of your work, as described in the guidelines above for about 5 minutes
    • There will then be at least 15 minutes for a feedback conversation around your artifact.

Coordinating Artifacts Across Colleges

  • Your college team lead will also schedule a one-hour meeting with the CITE team on August 8, 10, or 11 so you and the other members of your college can discuss how the artifacts fit together and ideate strategies for Fall implementation.

At a glance

See the PD document here for a detailed day-by-day view of the design process. 

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