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Improving Assignments through Peer Review (Registration Deadline)

Improving Assignments through Peer Review
Facilitators: Betsy Knowles & Laurie Miller, Economics; Bill Cerbin, Deb Hoskins, & Bryan Kopp, CATL
August 22 & 24, 9:00-11:00am, 153 Murphy Library

Assignments are powerful teaching tools, and their design is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake in their work as educators. In some ways they are always a work in progress. We plan an assignment and based on student performance, we realize how it falls short of our goals. We think of ways to make it more effective, we revise it, and try it again. 

 To assist instructors in the development of effective assignments, the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning will facilitate an opportunity for instructors to revise and improve an important class assignment. As a participant, you will share ideas with colleagues, give and receive feedback, and do a substantive revision of a class assignment.

 You will work with a small peer review group of 3-4 instructors. After reading your group members’ assignments, you will meet to discuss and give feedback on one another’s assignments, and then use the feedback to revise your own assignment. The process is modeled after the efforts of the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment in the area of assignment design.

The benefits of participating in this workshop include:

  • Improving your assignment
  • Getting ready for the semester
  • Practice using assignment design principles
  • Having your assignment peer reviewed
  • Being a peer reviewer
  • Opportunity to see assignments from other disciplines
  • Creating evidence of teaching effectiveness

Registration deadline is noon, August 15.  To register, select a class assignment you want to revise. Complete the COVER PAGE, and submit both the cover page and your assignment to Bill Cerbin, wcerbin@uwlax.edu. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. You will receive additional information after registering.

Date Activity
Preparation
August 17-21
Read your group members' assignments and make notes to bring to the meeting.
Peer Review Meeting
August 22
9:00 - 11:00
153 Murphy
Give and receive oral and written feedback on one another's assignments.
Assignment Revision
August 22-24
After receiving feedback, revise your assignment and prepare to bring to the final peer review meeting.
Peer Review Meeting
August 24
9:00 - 11:00
153 Murphy
Discuss and critique revised assignments.
When: noon Tuesday, Aug. 15
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Bill Cerbin at wcerbin@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6881.
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