Plans for your final presentation

Sounds good to me. I’ll probably have more input once I start thinking about the rubric and student work I’ll contribute….


From: Julia Metzker
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 3:06 PM
To: Joanne Previts; Sandra Godwin; Amy Kelley; Liz Speelman; Julia Metzker; Innovative Course Building Group; Caralyn Zehnder; Sara Doude; George Cazacu; Kim Cossey; Karynne Kleine; MJ Phillips
Subject: Plans for your final presentation

Thanks so much for your input. I think we’ve come to a good consensus about how we want to handle presenting your innovative courses. I am really impressed to see your ideas and can’t wait to see your posters.

Firstly, we will combine the presentation of your final work with a hands-on informational session advertising next year’s workshop (Monday 12 Apr @12:30 in Chappell 113). I would like your feedback on the format for this session. I hope that everyone can be involved!

What is expected of you?


  1. Prepare a poster explaining the highlights of your course redesign. George has promised to post a copy of his poster from last year and I will put a couple up as well. I can assist with printing on a poster printer if you get it to me a week ahead of time.
  2. Come to the session to participate and be on hand to answer questions about your course.
  3. We will be calling on you to act as a mentor next semester to a new group of course builders. Involving you help keeps the experience relevant and infuses new ideas and perspectives. I hope you all will continue to be involved.
  4. Provide some rubrics/student work


  1. Bring your course poster to the session
  2. Attend the session and help plan the activities.
  3. Provide some rubrics/student work

The Plan:

We decided since most of us are currently immersed in evaluating student work that we should do a hands on workshop focusing on evaluation (assessment). The workshop will be short MAX 45min, with some social time before and after for folks to look at your posters. Hopefully we will be able to find some money for refreshments! If you have any leads as to where we might get some funds please let me know. The workshop will follow the following format:

  1. An introduction about SENCER, the IC-BG and our series of workshops
  2. Break into groups. Each group will be given some materials: Some course goals/outcomes, a rubric and a piece of student work. The groups will first use the rubric to evaluate the work and secondly will determine if the rubric is meeting the goals of the course.
  3. Then we will mix up the groups and let them discuss the highpoints/lowpoints of their rubric or goals, etc
  4. Then we will poll the group for an example of an assignment they would for which they would like to design a rubric and will will start as a group to make the rubric as a way of demonstrating backwards design.

That’s what I remember from our discussion. Please chime in with your thoughts and post your student work/rubrics etc.



About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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