Evaluating Critical Thinking and Writing: Clarifying Expectations

Event date: 

Thursday, March 07, 2019 -
10:00AM to 12:00PM

Event location: 

Amherst Room, 10th Floor Campus Center

What do we mean when we tell students that our course focuses on “Critical Thinking” or that we will be evaluating the quality of their “Writing” throughout the semester? What criteria do we use to evaluate student critical thinking and writing on our assignments? And, how can our evaluation criteria be used to guide instruction?

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore using a flexible tool (a rubric) to articulate critical thinking and writing expectations and to evaluate student performance;
  • Learn how other instructors have incorporated a rubric into their courses;
  • See the link between evaluation criteria and instruction; and
  • Clarify their own expectations for critical thinking and writing and develop a plan for adapting a rubric for one of their assignments. 

Lunch to follow.

This workshop is jointly sponsored by the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD), the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA), and the University Writing Program (UWP).