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: 

Topic Dates/Times
Integrating reflection into your course  Workshop: Wednesday, July 7th - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Authentic assessment 

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!