AAC&U is currently in the process of developing the VALUE ADD (Assignment Design and Diagnostic) Tool series.  Developed with guidance from an international panel of experts, the purpose of these tools is to help faculty and instructional designers intentionally create clear and effective assignments designed to specifically evoke evidence of the learning outcome(s) they have identified for their students.  In short, these tools will help you ensure your assignment aligns with your learning outcomes and the associated VALUE rubric.  This alignment should then guide your teaching as you help your students learn what they need to in order to complete the assignment. 

The first VALUE ADD Tool is for those who have identified critical thinking as a learning outcome for their students.  It is aligned with AAC&U’s Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric.  This Assignment Design and Diagnostic Tool is intended to help you and your colleagues develop and/or revise an assignment designed to produce student work which develops and accurately demonstrates students’ critical thinking abilities.  Development of a written communication VALUE ADD Tool is currently underway.

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The associated Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric can be accessed here.