206: Beginning with the End in Mind: Learning Outcome-Driven Assignment Design

    Presenter: Rebecca F. Hazen (CAS-Biology), Dominique Swann (Instructional Designer/ Office of the Chief Online Officer) & Heather A. McDonald (CAS-Literature/Writing Studies)

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    Time: 11:20 AM – 12:35 PM

    Session Description

    Are your assignments grounded in your course learning outcomes? For many faculty teaching AU Core or other foundational courses, learning outcomes may be assigned by their program. However, they can provide a framework for intentionally designing or revising assignments with effective inquiry-based learning in mind. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore success stories and lessons learned, and practice building assessments that clearly communicate intentional connections to learning outcomes to facilitate success for both students and faculty. Participants are encouraged to bring their course’s learning outcomes and an assignment they’d like to revise or a rough draft of a future assignment.

    Learning Outcomes 

    • Examine assignments that clearly and intentionally communicate meaningful demonstration of course learning outcomes
    • Compare the effectiveness and clarity of example assessments targeted at specific learning outcomes
    • Apply elements of backward design framework to revise and/or create assignments targeted at meaningful demonstration of course learning outcomes

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