Module 1 Assignment: Retail Challenges

Open Pedagogy Assignments are assignments in which students use their agency and creativity to create knowledge artifacts that can support their own learning, their classmates’ learning, and the learning of students around the world. (See this peer-reviewed article for more details.) The assignment on this page is aligned to the learning outcomes of Principles of Retail Management and we’ve identified the module where the reading appears. All of the assignments can be created with a cell phone camera or any video recording device, Google or Word documents, and your learning management system.


  • List some challenges of working in the retail field

In the first module of the course, we introduce retail management as an industry and field of study. For this assignment, you are going to work with a small group to create a working list of challenges that you may face in retail management.

Here are a list of questions to guide your response of 250 words or less:

  • What is a major challenge in retail from your experience in the field?
  • If you have not worked in retail, what do you imagine is a challenge based on your experience as a customer?

Using your cell phone or any other recording device, create a short video advising a fellow student who shares your interest in the industry. You don’t have to edit or create a professional-grade film. You’ve most likely have done this type of recording already on social media, so feel free to use the same informal conversational tone.

You might want to do a quick internet search to review the challenges listed in the course, and you’ll want to reread this information in this module.  Think of your audience as fellow students who are interested to learn about your unique perspective about retail management. Better yet, try to explain as if you were talking to somebody who is not taking this course.

A Note To Teachers:  This is a great opportunity to share your expertise and experience with students. For this assignment, the first term students will be creating the videos, and then the next term’s students can respond to the videos. After you have a few terms of student examples, use the best three from the batch and start the process over again. Using the videos as starting points for OL discussion boards may work as well.