Reimagining Assessment Practicum (RAP)
The Reimagining Assessment Practicum is a three-week online program designed for participants to learn more about and reflect on their assessment and grading practices, with an emphasis on equitable approaches and alternative methods.
- 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 program 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.
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
- Keynote | Grading for Growth: Toward more humane, authentic, and trustworthy ways to evaluate student work with Robert Talbert (October 3 at 12-1:30pm CT, welcome to all faculty, staff, and students at Northwestern University; this event is encouraged but not required to participate in the practicum) Click here to watch and listen to the recording (NU credentials required) (Week 1 pre-work)
- Colleague Panel | Why and how does equity matter in assessment? (Week 1 pre-work)
- Student Panel | Socio-Emotional Wellness (Week 2 pre-work)
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)
Practicum Consultations (Weeks 1-3, optional)
Post-Practicum Learning Labs (optional)
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