Pre-pandemic, CTE offered the annual Waterloo Assessment Institute (WAI) focusing on the assignment as a means of assessing student learning. Through peer feedback and guided work time over a two-day intensive retreat, WAI helped individuals and program teams redesign key assignments in their courses. Whether you are an individual seeking to improve an assignment, or a team seeking to link an assignment or assignments "horizontally" (across courses in a term) or "vertically" (across courses in different terms or years), the WAI provides space, time, expertise, and peer feedback. We do plan to offer this again in the future when we can come together face-to-face.
For Spring 2021, we are offering instead three shorter, modified, online experiences retaining key elements of the WAI, each session focusing on one of three themes (you can choose one or more based on your own intentions for your assignment or assignments). By the end of each session, participants will leave with a draft redesigned assignment based on feedback from peers and teaching and learning consultants.
Please choose one (or more) from among the following sessions:
|Integrating reflection into your course||Workshop: Wednesday, July 7th - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.|
Workshop: Wednesday, July 14th - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Drop-in (for participants from July 7th and 14th): Wednesday, July 14th - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
|Academic integrity and alternatives to final exams||
Workshop: Wednesday, July 21st - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Drop-in (for participants from July 7th, 14th and 21st): Wednesday, July 21st - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
|Optional open work time for all participants||Drop-in (for all past participants) Wednesday, July 28th - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.|
After you register for a session, you’ll be asked to fill out a pre-session worksheet to help facilitators best support you, and help you make the best use of your time with us. You’ll be asked to fill out a worksheet for each session for which you’ve registered.
Each session will begin with a 30-minute introduction to the theme to help us begin our work. The duration of the session will be a combination of small group work and facilitated work time designed to help you begin your work, gather feedback, and continue your work after the session.
We invite participants to attend the optional drop-in sessions (July 14th , July 21st from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and July 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) to continue working on your assessment activities with a facilitator on hand to answer questions.
We look forward to seeing you!
WAI Inspired Wednesdays: Integrating Reflection into your course
Interested in incorporating reflective activities into your course? In this session we’ll provide a variety of reflective frameworks from which to choose taking into consideration your course context and your course learning outcomes. We’ll provide resources to help you design an assessment process that suits your needs, and we’ll consider ways to help students value the reflective process.
WAI Inspired Wednesdays: Designing Authentic Assessments
This session focuses on designing assessments that require students to undertake tasks that are like those that a member of the discipline would perform. We’ll look at the qualities of an authentic assessment and discuss ways these might scaffolded and assessed.