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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning Assignment Design Resources

Assignment Design Toolkit

Below are resources that may be useful to faculty and programs as they create or revise their assignments. The resources include the following topics:

  • Assignment Design
  • Integrative Learning Assignments
  • Capstone Course Assignments
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Assignment DesignAnderson, P., et al.The Contributions of Writing to Learning and DevelopmentArticle that examines writing's relationship to learning and development
Assignment DesignBarkley, E. F. & Major C. H.Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College FacultyBook that provides 50 active learning techniques that gauge student learning across academic disciplines and learning environments
*Available for loan from ATL
Assignment DesignHutchings, P.Aligning Educational Outcomes and PracticesPaper that discusses alignment of learning outcomes and provides examples
Assignment DesignMelzer, D.Assignments Across the Curriculum: A National Study of College WritingBook presenting the results of a study of 2,101 assignments from undergraduate courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, business, and humanities
Assignment DesignWinkelmes, M., et al.A Teaching Intervention that Increases Underserved College Students’ SuccessArticle that describes a national study related to transparency around academic assignments and students’ success -- especially that of underserved students
Assignment DesignWinkelmes, M., et al.Benefits of Transparent Assignment DesignArticle that describes a national study related to transparency around academic assignments and students’ success
Integrative Learning AssignmentsAAC&U / CarnegieStatement on Integrative LearningResource that points out, "Integrative learning comes in many varieties"
Integrative Learning AssignmentsAAC&UIntegrative and Applied VALUE RubricRubric developed and validated by faculty nation-wide
Integrative Learning AssignmentsWashington Center at The Evergreen State CollegeAssessing Integrative Learning WebpageWebpage with an excellent list of resources about assessing integrative learning
Integrative Learning AssignmentsHuber, M. T. & Hutchings, P.Integrative Learning: Mapping the TerrainResource that explores the challenges to integrative learning today as well as its longer tradition and rationale within a vision of liberal education
Integrative Learning AssignmentsBean, J. C.Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrative Writing, Critical Thinking and Active Learning in the ClassroomBook about designing interest-provoking writing and critical thinking activities and incorporating them into courses
*Available for loan from ATL
Capstone Course AssignmentsHauhart, R. C. & Grahe, J. E.Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses Book that covers the design, administration, and teaching of capstone courses
*Available for loan from ATL
Capstone Course AssignmentsLee, N. & Loton, D. J.Capstone Curriculum WebsiteWebsite featuring an Australian study of capstone curriculum across disciplines
Capstone Course AssignmentsATL - WSUCapstone Resources WebpageWebpage with information about designing and assessing capstone experiences
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