AAC&U-SPONSORED ASSIGNMENT RE-DESIGN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION & FACULTY END-OF-YEAR LUNCHEON
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
8:30–9:30 am in Hoover 110
Celebrate the submission of your grades with coffee, continental breakfast and Conversation
9:30-11:15 am in Hoover 110
AAC&U sponsored session on Assignments Matter: A Closer Look at Assignment Design for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (part 1)
In order to provide students with the best opportunities to both learn and demonstrate their learning, we need to be thoughtful, retrospective, and intentional in designing assignments. Well-designed assignments help focus both teaching and learning, and may prove to be key to facilitating and improving student achievement. This workshop, facilitated by AAC&U speakers Bonnie Orcutt and Mark Nicholas, will: speak to the importance of well-designed assignments, explore the characteristics and elements of a well-designed assignment, and emphasize the importance of alignment with course outcomes. The speakers will begin with an overview of how assignment design has come to be at the forefront of teaching, learning, and assessment discussions. Closer to home, they will speak to the impact of their work at their home institutions and across the Massachusetts system of public higher education. They will also introduce participants to frameworks for assignment design.
11:30 am -1:00 pm in Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall
Lunch buffet with program that includes recognition of those faculty promoted (and granted tenure), granted emeritus/emerita status, and leaving at the end of this academic year.
1:00-3:30 pm in Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall
AAC&U session on Assignments Matter (part 2)
The second part of the workshop will be based on NILOA’s Assignment Design Charrette model. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange assignments with a partner(s). This will allow each participant to receive feedback and suggestions from a colleague(s) on how they might improve upon their assignment design to enhance learning and student achievement. In order to take full advantage of the workshop, it is critical that participants bring 3 copies of an assignment to share with a partner(s). Participants in assignment design workshops have noted the value that comes from working with colleagues from outside their discipline. Therefore, every effort will be made to pair individuals from different departments and/or disciplinary areas.
Presenters for Professional Development Session:
Bonnie Orcutt is professor of Economics at Worcester State University. She has served, during her tenure at WSU, as an assessment fellow, director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum, and director of the First Year Experience. She is the former Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. In addition to her work in learning outcomes assessment and assignment design, her recent interests revolve around ways in which to create an inclusive classroom environment and how issues of diversity might be incorporated more systemically in the economics discipline.
Mark Nicholas is Executive Director for Institutional Assessment and Accreditation at Framingham State University, Massachusetts. He has been actively involved with assessment in various capacities since 2006. His research interests focus on critical thinking as a process and outcome in higher education. He has published on critical thinking and faculty development, accountability and assessment in higher education, research methodologies and academic program review and assignment design. Mark has delivered keynote addresses at several assessment and research conferences. He is Co-PI on several grant projects. The most recent award being a $1M grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute focused on creating transparent pathways in the curriculum from first-year to the capstone experience.