Assurance of Learning (AOL) Workshops


Past Workshops:

Flipped Learning
Friday, April 19, 2013; 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. in CWH 117

This workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts of flipped learning where instructors reorganize learning experiences through consideration of the benefits of both online and face-to-face environments. Participants will examine their own use of classroom time and consider ways that it might be optimized by moving course components between in-class and out-of-class. Participants will be introduced to several software applications for creating learning resources, discuss instructional strategies useful in flipped learning and consider best practices for facilitating online and offline learning experiences.

 Teaching Strategies to Support Critical Thinking

Friday November 9; 2:15 -3:30 p.m. in CWH 117

The workshop will review additional approaches faculty can use to help students develop critical thinking skills.  You do not need to have participated in the previous workshop to attend. 

Designing Assignments and Instructional Practices to Promote Critical Thinking: a two-part workshop using backward design principles to foster improvements in critical thinking

Thursday September 20; 2:15 – 4:30 p.m.   CWH 334


Friday September 21; 2:15 -4:30 p.m.  CWH 117

Part 1: A Working Session to Design and Refine Assignments that Promote Critical Thinking   (approximately 75 min)

A brief presentation will highlight some important assignment design principles. Then instructors will work in pairs or small teams to design or redesign an assignment or question to better address the CBA critical thinking objectives and make critical thinking “visible”. Come prepared with an idea about a course topic or learning gap for which you want to design an assignment, or bring an existing assignment that you would like to improve to better address critical thinking skills. To encourage collaboration, especially in core courses, you are encouraged to talk to colleagues teaching the same course to identify this topic or learning gap in advance. This session will end with sharing of approaches as well as hurdles. Assignments or drafts will be electronically shared to create a pool of ideas which operationalize the objective in your particular context.

Part 2: Integrating Instructional Practices that Promote Critical Thinking (approximately 60 min)

Even with well-designed assignments, students may not understand elements of critical thinking. How do we “teach” critical thinking? How do we build learning experiences that prepare students to do what we expect them to do? When registering, you will indicate your interest in a list of instructional tactics, and at least three of these will be reviewed in the workshop. Participants then discuss how/whether the approach would scaffold skills for the assignment designed in Part 1.

A follow-up gathering is planned for participants in January to share experiences tried during the fall semester. The hope is to generate a pool of examples to help instructors refine strategies to address critical thinking skills.

Designing Assignments that Promote Critical Thinking


Workshop was designed for CBA faculty to address how assignments could be designed and taught to better promote critical thinking skills

Presented by Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning

Efficient and Effective Feedback: Responding to Student Writing in Business Courses


Workshop was designed for CBA faculty to specifically address faculty concerns about how to efficiently provide meaningful feedback to students about their writing.

Presented by Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning

Improving Students' Writing in Business Courses


Workshop was designed for CBA faculty to address broad ideas about writing improvement and generate discussion around these ideas.

Presented by Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning