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Two-Part Assignment-Design Charrette

Facilitators: Betsy Knowles & Laurie Miller, Economics; Bill Cerbin, Bryan Kopp, & Deb Hoskins, CATL

This is a 2-part assignment-design workshop. Participants should plan to attend both sessions on March 24 and April 7. 

Part 1 meets Friday, March 24; Part 2 meets April 7.
Both sessions meet 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in 150/153 Murphy.

Assignments are powerful teaching tools, and their design is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake in their work as educators. Yet that work is often private and unavailable for collegial exchange and knowledge building. The charrette—a term borrowed from architecture education, denoting a collaborative design process—will be an opportunity to talk with other instructors interested in trading ideas about the design and use of the various tasks, projects, papers, and performances we set for our students.

The charrette aims to 1) stimulate ideas about how to strengthen the assignment you bring to the session, 2) think together about how assignments can be intentionally linked to important course, program, and institutional learning outcomes in ways that create more coherent pathways for students, and 3) open up a productive “trading zone” for discussion about teaching and learning and assessment.

The process is modeled after the efforts of the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment in the area of assignment design. In Session 1, instructors will bring a current assignment and share the assignment objectives and receive peer feedback through a structured process. The discussion will take place in peer groups of 3-4 faculty members and one facilitator. Participants will then revise the assignment in preparation for Session 2 , which will involve critiquing the revised assignment by the peer group.
 
Registration and participation in the charrette. The charrette involves a collaborative peer review process of reading and giving feedback to colleagues about their assignments. All participants must submit an assignment for peer review, in advance of the workshop dates, and also read and review the assignments of several colleagues.
 
Requirements and deadlines:
  1. March 10 – After registering, submit your assignment for peer review by March 10. The assignment may be either a current assignment you want to improve or a draft of a new assignment.
  2. March 10-24 – Read and review the assignments of 3-4 colleagues.
  3. March 24 – Attend Session 1: Discuss assignments and give feedback to 3-4 colleagues.
  4. March 24 – April 7 – Revise your assignment based on feedback you received.
  5. April 7 – Attend Session 2: Discuss, give and receive feedback on revised assignments.  
You will receive additional information about the charrette after registering
When: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 24
Where: 150/153 Murphy Library
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Bill Cerbin at wcerbin@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6872.
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