Finding and Designing Assignments for the "Tricky" VALUE Rubrics
October 30, 2018
This webinar was part of a series of webinars that highlighted the work being done at colleges and universities to address challenges and identify best practices for enhancing the teaching and learning experience and demonstrating the value of liberal education for work, life, and global citizenship.
General education curricula and academic majors frequently go beyond the “usual suspects” learning outcomes like written communication and critical thinking, but many faculty find it challenging to design appropriate, high-quality assignments that lend themselves to assessment with a VALUE rubric. Building off the results of AAC&U’s validity study of the VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) approach to assessment, this webinar provided strategies for finding and designing assignments for the VALUE rubrics, with particular attention to rubrics that faculty have found more challenging to use. Specifically, three campus practitioners showcased their approach to (re)designing assignments for quantitative literacy, civic engagement, and global learning.
Designed primarily for faculty, departmental chairs, and assessment professionals, this webinar was part of AAC&U’s larger signature initiative, VALUE.
- Learned about the significance of assignment design as part of the VALUE approach to assessment, including assignment design recommendations from the VALUE Institute specific to seven of the sixteen VALUE rubrics;
- Heard strategies for identifying curricular opportunities for gathering and/or embedding assignments that can be assessed with the VALUE rubrics in general education and the major;
- Gained techniques for testing the alignment between an assignment’s parameters and the corresponding VALUE rubric.
Kate Drezek McConnellAssistant Vice President for Research and Assessment, AAC&U
Bonnie OrcuttProfessor of Economics, Worcester State University
Debora OrtloffVice President of Strategic Initiatives and Assessment, Finger Lakes Community College
Dexter GordonProfessor, Communication Studies and African American Studies, Director of African American Studies Program, University of Puget Sound