University Assessment Committee Faculty Workshops

Friday, October 4 at 8:30 am to 12:15 pm

Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House, Regents Boardroom
1022 Dave Brubeck Way, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 95204

The University Assessment Committee invites faculty to these workshops facilitated by Swarup Wood, professor of chemistry, CSU Monterey Bay. Faculty can attend one or both workshops. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 am for those registered for Workshop 1.

Workshop 1: Aligning Assignments with Outcomes You Want to Evaluate | 9:00–10:30 a.m.

Do you find that students fail to demonstrate the skills that you intended in class assignments? This 1.5-hour workshop is designed to help faculty to better align their assignments with the outcomes they want to evaluate. The workshop will use assignment guides in a process that helps faculty understand the extent to which they have built desired learning attributes into their assignments, and to sculpt their prompts to elicit desired skills. Participants are encouraged to bring a class assignment with them to work from.

Workshop 2: Visualizing Critical Thinking for Students | 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Critical thinking is a highly valued core competency for faculty, yet as an abstract and multifaceted concept, critical thinking can be difficult for students to understand. This 1.5-hour workshop will capitalize on visual aids as a tool for fostering students’ understanding and learning of processes of critical thinking. During the workshop, attendees will develop diagrams and images that can be used to help students to grasp critical thinking criteria particularly relevant to their discipline and courses.

Swarup Wood is professor of chemistry at CSU Monterey Bay, with more than 20 years of experience in teaching and assessment. Wood serves as interim director for general education, first-semester coordinator, and critical thinking coordinator at CSUMB, and recently was involved in reformatting the general education curriculum.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 30.

Sponsored by the University Assessment Committee, the Office for Strategy & Educational Effectiveness and the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

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