Reimagining Assignment Design [Arts of Teaching]
Wednesday, January 11, 9:00-10:30 am, Swift 208
It is an obvious truth that a poor writing prompt will accomplish little even as it drains the time and emotional stamina of students and instructor alike. And it is an obvious truth that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But it is much less obvious how to design assignments that both construct the arena for specific learning sought by the teacher and, at the same time, motivate students to put their best feet forward.
In this session, join Larry McEnerney, Director of the University of Chicago Writing Program, for a workshop on creative assignment design that will help participants break out from the rut of one damn paper-prompt after another, calibrating an array of design strategies with the possible learning goals to which individual instructors can be dedicated.
Participants should come to this session with the draft of an assignment -- either one they have used or one they could envision using in a course. These assignments will be workshopped and fine-tuned during the session.
Never fear -- coffee, tea, and light breakfast fare will be available!
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