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  • Faculty Workshop

Beyond Busywork: Infusing a Sense of Purpose into Assignment Design


Dr. Eric Fournier

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Via Zoom

Event Description

Students sometimes dismiss assignments with a scathing review: “it’s just busy work”.  One way to avoid this is to clearly identify the purpose behind a given assignment. Being transparent about the purpose of an assignment can add clarity and meaning to student work.  Students should recognize how an assignment will benefit their learning and an instructor can indicate how the specific knowledge and skills involved in an assignment will be important in their lives beyond the contexts of a particular course.

In this interactive workshop, attendees will explore the notion of transparency and purpose in assignment design, examine an existing assignment and determine the knowledge and skills embedded in that assignment. They will leave with a revised assignment ready to deploy as homework or an in-class activity.

For questions about this workshop, please contact Dr. Eric Fournier, Director of Educational Development, Center for Teaching and Learning at efournier@wustl.edu.

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Registration for this workshop will open approximately 2 weeks prior to the date of the workshop.