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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning Assignment Design Resources

Assignment Design

Assignments are powerful teaching tools, and their design is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake in their work as educators.

WASHINGTON STATE 4_Hutchings May 2015 Presentation



  • Anderson, P., Anson, C. M., Gonyea, R. M., & Paine, C. (2015). “The contributions of writing to learning and development: Results from a large-scale multi-institutional study.”  Research in the Teaching of English. 50(2), 199-235.
  • Barkley, E. F. & Major, C. H. (2016). Learning assessment techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Bean, J. C. (2011). Engaging ideas: The professor’s guide to integrative writing, critical thinking and active learning in the classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Hutchings, P. (2016). Aligning educational outcomes and practices (Occasional Paper #26). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).
  • Melzer, D. (2014). Assignments across the curriculum: A national study of college writing. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.
  • Winkelmes, M., et al. (2016). “A teaching intervention that increases underserved college students’ success.” Peer Review.
  • Winkelmes, M., et al. (2015). “Benefits (some unexpected) of transparent assignment design.” National Teaching and Learning Forum. 24(4), 4-7.
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