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Reimagining Assessment Practicum (RAP)

This practicum is now an open educational resource!



Online (via Zoom)

Size & Format
Online & Synchronous, Online & Asynchronous

Dates & Times

Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Trainees, Staff


  • Curious about strategies that enable students to maximize learning and growth?
  • How can we make grading a more meaningful interaction with our students?
  • Are we assessing what we think we're assessing?

Join colleagues in this three-week online series of sessions designed for instructors of all levels, backgrounds, and teaching contexts to learn more about and reflect on your assessment and grading practices, with an emphasis on equitable approaches and alternative methods.

As the fourth online practicum in the series since 2020, the format continues with weaving together interactive synchronous sessions, asynchronous learning activities, individual consultations, and opportunities to learn with and from peers in order to create more inclusive learning and teaching environments.

This practicum will draw on expertise and experience from around the University and is a collaboration of faculty and staff from AccessibleNU, the Cook Family Writing Program, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, the Office of the Provost, the School of Professional Studies Distance Learning, the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Teaching and Learning Technologies, University Libraries, and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Can’t attend all the sessions? Register anyway and get access to recordings!


Instructors of all levels, backgrounds, and teaching contexts at Northwestern University

Application or Registration


By participating in this program, participants will:

  • Explore grading practices that center learning, growth, and equity
  • Recognize the difference between learning assessment and grading
  • Identify teaching strategies that reduce barriers to learning
  • Understand multiple methods for generating timely feedback about student learning progress
  • Select interventions that are meaningful for students and manageable for instructors

Time Commitment and/or Schedule

Can’t attend all the sessions? Register anyway and get access to recordings!

Asynchronous Recordings Bundle

Synchronous Live Sessions

  • When and where might we implement alternative grading strategies? (Week 1)
  • What types of feedback can we use to assess and promote learning? (Week 2)
  • Co-Created Rubrics: Prioritizing Transparency, Equity, and Relevance in Course Assessment (Week 2)
  • Generative AI and Transparent Design in Research Assignments (Week 3)
  • Optimizing Canvas for Grading and Feedback (Week 3)

Consultations (optional)

Learning Labs (optional)

Click here to download the 2024 Spring iteration schedule


Contact Us

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