Independent Projects: Artifacts of Learning

Learning artifacts can come in many forms. Below is a list of possible mediums for students to utilize in capturing their learning as well as resources and some examples related to second-module courses being offered. Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Students are encouraged to propose their own artifact of learning with approval from their Career Community leader. 


Write and publish an op-ed in The Oberlin Review about a topic related to your coursework. [Resources:


Build a website to organize and share information in an easy and attractive way. [Resources: Google Sites and Weebly]


Create a blog and share your journey and reflections with the world. [Resources: and]

Online Art Exhibition

Curate an online art exhibit filled with your artwork in the context of COVID-19.  [Resources: Artsteps, Exhibbit]

Writing Samples

Write about your learning in the course and personal experience in the form of a research paper, personal essay, analysis, or comparative essay

Visual & Graphic Design

Create a visual representation of your coursework in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. [Resources: Adobe Spark, Canva, Flaticon]


Create a video that tells a story of what you learned from your coursework and the impact that COVID-19 is having on your local community, our nation, or the world.  [Resources: Adobe Spark, Animoto, Screencastify, Screencast-o-Matic]


Direct and produce a play inspired by your engagement in the course and the global pandemic.


Write a song that expresses what you have learned during the course. Arrange for the music to be performed and recorded for your learning artifact.


Create a compilation of photo essays or other visual representations that highlight the impact of the pandemic around the world and demonstrate what you learned during the course.


Podcasts are an easy way to articulate your learning and to share meaningful reflections through bite-sized audio segments. Create a series of podcasts chronicling your experience and learning. Divide it into episodes – record and edit episodes, add sound effects and transition music, and produce the podcast. [Resources: Anchor, Synth


Develop an awareness campaign to bring attention to the critical issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizational Policy Design

Identify a community organization and develop a contingency plan in the face of the pandemic that meets the organization’s values, purpose, and operations.

Documentary & Film

Produce a documentary or short film that engages the viewer in critical perspectives of your learning from multiple angles. A script should accompany it. A series of “moving photos” or slideshows do not constitute a film.

Annotated Bibliography

Curate an annotated bibliography by gathering resources that represent what you have learned. For each resource, provide an annotation – a short description of why the resource is relevant to the collection, and why it represents what you have learned. Annotations help add a layer of critical thinking. [Resources: Wakelet, Diigo]

Short stories, poetry or other literary narrative

Produce a broad sampling of writings that reflect the learning, values, thoughts, and experiences of today’s reality.


Deliver a well-researched, fact-based speech on a cause, issue, or organization discussed in class. The speech should provide an analysis of the topic from the course as well as provide a call-to-action to audience members. A script should accompany your recorded speech.

Industry Analysis Report

Choose a specific industry and create a report that analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on this industry. This could include impact on products, target markets, supply chain, workforce, and major companies/organizations within this industry.