The Assessment for Busy People series provides hands-on practice with assessment information and tools that participants can use in their courses right away, this semester! Workshops are flipped sessions, which means that participants are expected to watch a short video before the session and come prepared to work. 

Coming to a workshop? Please watch the 10-15 minute video (link below) and be ready to engage with the strategies at the session. Don’t have something to work on at the workshop? Come anyway! We’ll give you a sample so you can practice. 

Too busy to join a workshop? The videos will give you the basics so you can learn on the run! Download the resources to keep on hand.

A well-designed assignment aligns with course learning outcomes, is transparent and learner-centered, and provides for thoughtful instruction for skill development to help students achieve the learning goals. This session will use Backwards Design principles to help participants create or revise an assignment to improve clarity, promote equity, and plan for better assessments.

Assessment for Busy People Checklist: Assignment Design (PDF)

How do you know your students are learning what you want them to learn? Are there ways you can check for understanding without waiting until the exam? Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are simple, low-stakes activities that you can use to gauge student learning. CATs are a quick way to provide just-in-time feedback about the teaching-learning process, help students to be seen and heard even in large courses, and create ways to engage students with interesting learning activities.

Assessment for Busy People Checklist: Classroom Assessment Techniques (PDF)

Learning outcomes are statements about what students can expect to know or be able to do. Communicating learning outcomes with students creates a shared understanding about the purpose and expectations of an assignment, course, or program. In this session, participants will create, evaluate, and refine course learning outcomes, and learn how these outcomes can guide decisions about course content, activities, assignments, and other assessments.

Video Slides (PDF)


Learning Goals for All CU Boulder Baccalaureate Graduates

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Writing Effective Learning Outcomes (Office of Data Analytics Assessment Group)

Assessment for Busy People Checklist: Learning Outcomes (PDF)

As an assessment tool, an assignment rubric sets the criteria for evaluating performance or work completed. Rubrics can communicate the expectations for learning and provide a framework for instructors to make decisions about instruction. This session will introduce two kinds of rubrics (holistic and analytical) for assessment, the key components of an effective rubric, and uses for rubrics. Participants are encouraged to bring an assignment description for which they want to create a rubric, and a sample will be provided.

Video Slides (PDF)


Rubrics - CU Boulder Center for Teaching & Learning

Using Rubrics in Canvas - Canvas Info and Tutorials (CU Boulder)

Rubrics for Commenting and Grading - Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Clearinghouse

Assessment for Busy People Checklist: Creating and Using Rubrics for Course Assignments (PDF)