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Multipurpose Room 1106

ODU Education Building

1200-1218 W 43rd St

Norfolk, VA 23508

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This fast-paced workshop will be an exciting opportunity to collaborate and trade ideas with other faculty about the design and use of the various assignments, tasks, projects, papers, and performances we set for our students.

Faculty will need to bring a draft assignment you are working on and would like to share with colleagues, one that has worked well but may be in need of a “refresh,” or one that has not worked as you hoped.

Faculty will leave this workshop with detailed feedback from their peers on assignment design. Faculty will also have the opportunity to contribute to the refinement of other assignments through the exchange of best practices.


Purpose

The workshop aims to

1) stimulate ideas about how to strengthen the assignment you bring to the session,

2) open up a productive “trading zone” for discussion about teaching and learning, and

3) 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.

Benefits of participating in the workshop

  • A chance to refine an assignment you’re working on
  • Get ideas you can take back to your classes
  • Get interdisciplinary feedback from colleagues across campus
  • Contribute to the work of others
  • Be part of a larger development – contribute to NILOA’s Assignment Library Initiative

Awesome (potential) outcomes of the workshop

  • Spend less time answering questions from students
  • Decrease the amount of time you spend grading and giving feedback on the assignment
  • Increase the number of high quality assignments turned in each semester
  • Help students make exciting connections in your class

Consider attending in teams

  • A group of faculty teaching the same course might attend the workshop with the goal of creating a clearer, stronger assignment that could be used/shared across sections.
  • A faculty member teaching a lower level course in the major might attend with a faculty member who teaches the capstone; their focus would be on linking those assignments in some way.
  • A group of faculty that want to improve written communication within their program; their focus would be on enhancing writing assignments throughout a number of courses in the curriculum.


Please register for the workshop by Wednesday, January 24th. Space is limited.


This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, Improving Disciplinary Writing (IDW), and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment.


FAQs


Who should participate in this workshop?

The workshop is designed for tenured and non-tenured track faculty, teaching faculty, research faculty, and full time and part time faculty who teach graduate or undergraduate courses.


What do I need to bring to the workshop?

Please bring 4 copies of your assignment materials and your reflective memo to the workshop. These will be given to your colleagues. OR Email a copy of these materials to kkirland@odu.edu by Sunday, January 28th and we will print your materials and bring them to the workshop for you.


What assignment should I share?

This might be a draft assignment you are working on and would like to share with colleagues, one that has worked well but may be in need of a “refresh,” or one that has not worked as you hoped.


What should be included in the reflective memo?

1) The purpose of the assignment: What outcomes is it intended to foster and elicit?

2) The context in which it is used—in what course or courses, with what students, at what point in the curriculum?

3) Your experience of the assignment at this point? How have students responded? What do they do well? What do they find especially challenging?

4) Questions you have about the assignment: What kinds of feedback on the assignment are you hoping for from colleagues attending the charrette?

5) How do you assess student work in response to the assignment: please include a rubric or evaluation criteria.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to contact Kelsey Kirland, Assistant Director of Assessment, with any questions at kkirland@odu.edu


Will there be food?

Light refreshments will be served.

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Multipurpose Room 1106

ODU Education Building

1200-1218 W 43rd St

Norfolk, VA 23508

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