This assessment modifies the Democratic Decision Making assessment I developed a few years ago. It makes use of discussion boards and surveys to allow students in online and hybrid classes to participate in a democratic process to decide what topics they will study and present.
I use the dicussion feature on Canvas to guide class discussion of which topic (among choices decided upon by the instructor) they would like to study in more depth and present to the class.
Through a democratic process, students take on more responsibility for the direction of their studies, and gives them a legitimate sense of empowerment with regards to the direction of their education. It also gives them the opportunity to work with their fellow students in makeing these decisions.
Participation in the process is mandatory for all students.
Please see document below for more complete instructions.