Second topic: A conference for undergrads: Assessing students in large classes using poster presentations
In many courses, the most common document used to assess student learning is the essay or term paper. These types of assignments, however, often present evaluation nightmares for the teachers who have to grade them.
First topic: Managing Writing Assignments in Large Classes
Have you ever considered the challenges of giving writing assignments in large classes?
Come to hear Professor Tamara Western’s strategies for managing writing assignments in her class of 250 students, and contribute to a discussion on this topic with fellow instructors from across McGill.
Integrating well designed writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. Yet, many instructors shy away from including these assignments because of the extra workload required to mark them. During this workshop, we will discuss guidelines for designing short written assignments that make students think more and write less. We will provide examples from McGill professors in fields as diverse as Science, Arts, Music, Law and Engineering to illustrate the range of possibilities.
Would you like to improve the quality of your Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)? Would you like to learn how to use MCQs to assess higher order thinking skills such as application and analysis? If so, join a group of fellow instructors for a workshop about the principles of well-designed multiple-choice questions. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to apply these principles to your own course. Bring existing MCQs exams or course materials for which you would like to develop questions.