Assignments are powerful teaching tools, and their design is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake in their work as educators. Yet that work is often private and unavailable for collegial exchange and knowledge building. The charrette — a term borrowed from architecture education, denoting a collaborative design process — will be an opportunity to talk with other faculty interested in trading ideas about the design and use of the various tasks, projects, papers, and performances we set for our students. Thoughtfully designed assignments can support learning centered curricular and pedagogical reform and create clearer, more powerful pathways for students. And for faculty, working together on the design of assignments has turned out to be a powerful professional development experience.
ASPPH will host a five hour pre-conference faculty development workshop on Tuesday, March 14, prior to the Undergraduate Public Health and Global Health Education Summit. The workshop, facilitated by Dr. Susan Albertine (Senior Scholar, AAC&U), will be an interactive assignment-design charrette based on a process developed by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), using the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) and the ASPPH Recommended Critical Component Elements of an Undergraduate Major in Public Health, a product of the ASPPH Framing the Future Task Force established to better prepare graduates for success in a changing world and global marketplace, as frameworks.
The charrette aims to:
Workshop registrants will be asked to submit an assignment they would like to share and work on. This might be a draft assignment, one that has worked well but may be in need of a “refresh,” or one that has not worked as hoped.
Following the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to share their revised assignment and continue the conversation on ASPPH’s Online Communities. Additionally, participants are encouraged to submit their final assignments to NILOA’s assignment library, which provides a searchable online library of collegiate-level course assignments in a wide variety of academic disciplines that link to one or more proficiencies in the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP).