1/23/17 “Salt for the Impure, Light for the Pure”: Cumulative Assignment Design and Students’ Intellectual Development

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“Salt for the Impure, Light for the Pure”: Cumulative Assignment Design and Students’ Intellectual Development (with the Early Christian Studies Workshop)

Monday, January 23, 12:00-1:30 pm, Swift 200

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In the second of our two sessions this quarter on cultivating excellence and creativity in assignment design, join Ellen Muehlberger (University of Michigan) for lunch and a conversation about the merits and strategies of cumulative assignment design, that is, interweaving multiple assignments within a course in order to meet students where they are and lead them in the progressive development of the range of skills that they have. Prof Muehlberger’s own recent course, which successfully integrated a mixed group of majors and non-majors, will serve as a case study.

If you will join us for lunch, please RSVP to craftofteaching@uchicago.edu no later than Thursday, January 19. A packet including Prof. Muehlberger’s syllabus and its series of assignments is available for perusal here.

Please note: Prof. Muehlberger will also be presenting at the Early Christian Studies Workshop on the same day, 4:30-6:00, location TBA.

Ellen Muehlberger is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on the history of Christianity in “late antiquity,” roughly 300 C.E. to 700 C.E., and is particularly interested in the rhetorical and historiographical methods Christians adopted as Christian culture shifted from a minority to dominant position in the later Roman Empire. Her current project examines the subjective experience of death as imagined by late ancient Christians. She teach undergraduate courses on Christianity; graduate courses on Christianity in late antiquity, Gnosticism, asceticism, and theories of historiography; and language courses in Greek, Coptic, and Syriac.

 

See our full Winter 2017 lineup here