CLT Summer Assessment Retreat

Welcome to the CLT’s first Assessment Retreat - a week of fully online sessions on the topic of assessments! Each session invites you to consider a different aspect of your course assessments and explore a range of topics and considerations for creating and supporting effective student-centered assessments for learning.

Format

Depending on your availability and specific interests, you are welcome to attend individual sessions or the full week of sessions. We recommend attending the week in full, as it can be an opportunity for you dedicate time to thinking about and (re)designing assessments in your courses.

The week is broken down into two types of sessions that complement each other:

  • Building Sessions: These morning sessions are 90 minutes in length and invite you to consider your own assessment (re)design in more depth. These are followed by an optional 30-minute post-session check-in where facilitators will be available to consult and support you on their courses and assessment strategies, and help you set goals for your (re)design work during the week.
  • Exploring Sessions: The afternoon sessions are 45 minutes and cover complementary special topics in more depth.

Goals

The entirety of the week is to:

  • Give participants tools to feel empowered and confident in creating assessments that support student-centric learning,
  • Explore a range of scholarly and evidence-based practices associated with assessment,
  • Create learning opportunities for instructions and TAs that offer a range of voice, perspectives, and disciplinary approaches to assessment,
  • Offer time, space and support for individual reflection on assessment practices, strategies, and (re)design, and
  • To engage with peers and offer critical feedback and friendly critique.

SCHEDULE

 

Monday, July 4

Conceptualizing Assessments (10–11:30 AM)

This session will explore how assessments fit into your course and support learning outcomes.

Elizabeth Gillis, PhD (she/her)
Educational Developer (Curriculum)

Assessments and Academic Integrity (1:15–2 PM)

Challenges and solutions to issues of academic integrity in assessment.

Susan Joudrey, PhD
Associate Director
Centre for Learning and Teaching

 

Tuesday, July 5

Finding the Right Assessments (10–11:30 AM)

This session will explore the importance of grounding course assessments in scholarship and evidence-based practices, as well as the unique contextual factors of your course.

Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty, PhD
Educational Developer (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning | Classroom Spaces)
SoTL Scholars Program Administrator
Programs Team Lead

Reflective Assessments (1:15–2 PM)

Integrating self-assessment into your course as a tool to support student learning.

Elizabeth Gillis, PhD (she/her)
Educational Developer (Curriculum)

 

Wednesday, July 6

Designing Assessments that are Equitable, Inclusive, and Accessible (10–11:30 AM)

Using UDL, CRP, and other frameworks to build assessments that work for all students. Please bring an assessment you use currently for this hands-on workshop.

Les T. Johnson, PhD
Educational Developer (eLearning)
eLearning Team Lead

Shazia Nawaz Awan, Ed.D.
Educational Developer (Internationalization & Intercultural Competency)

Tereigh Ewert
Senior Educational Developer
(Anti-oppressive and Transformative Education)
EDI Team Lead

Assessments and Large Classes (1:15–2 PM)

An examination of some solutions for creating and managing assessments in large-enrollment classes, including peer review.

Elizabeth Gillis, PhD (she/her)
Educational Developer (Curriculum)

Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty, PhD
Educational Developer (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning | Classroom Spaces)
SoTL Scholars Program Administrator
Programs Team Lead

 

Thursday, July 7

How Feedback Can Support Student Learning (10–11:30 AM)

How to build an assessment so that it provides students feedback throughout the learning process, including instructor and peer feedback.

Kate Crane, MA
Educational Developer (eLearning)

Rubrics (for learning) (1:15–2 PM)

This session will explore how to create and use effective rubrics in your courses.

Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty, PhD
Educational Developer (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning | Classroom Spaces)
SoTL Scholars Program Administrator
Programs Team Lead

 

Friday, July 8

Assessing Your Assessments (10–11:30 AM)

This session will explore the importance of understanding the effectiveness of your assessments through feedback from students and other scholarly approaches.

Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty, PhD
Educational Developer (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning | Classroom Spaces)
SoTL Scholars Program Administrator
Programs Team Lead

Ungrading (1:15–2 PM)

An introduction to the pedagogical reasons for removing instructor grades from your courses. Examples of what ungrading can look like in your course will be explored.

Betsy Keating, PhD
Educational Developer (Faculty)
Faculty Certificate Program Coordinator

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, PhD
Executive Director (Acting)