Center for Faculty Innovation

Designing Creative Assessments (Workshop)

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Location:  Student Success Center room 4042


Assessment is, at its simplest, a way of collecting information about learning. It can also help both students and instructors make adjustments to improve future performance. In order to be meaningful, assessment should be aligned with learning outcomes. But how can it be creative too? After reviewing the importance of alignment in the backward design framework, participants will then explore how constraints can foster creativity and practice a generative process for developing creative habits of mind and unexpected ideas. Participants will be invited to apply this process to their own outcomes in order to imagine new possibilities for assessment.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Identifying how to align assessment, whether summative or formative, with learning outcomes,
  • Employing a creative process to develop new ideas, and
  • Creating a new assessment to implement in a specific course.

Facilitator:  Emily O. Gravett, Ph. D., a candidate for the Assistant Director of Teaching at JMU’s Center for Faculty Innovation, and currently Assistant Director of Programs at Trinity University’s learning and teaching center, the Collaborative, in San Antonio, TX. 

Curricilum Vitae for Dr. Gravett, Ph.D.

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