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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning Capstone Assignment Design

Designing Senior-level Culminating Assignments that Help Students Integrate their Learning

2016 Faculty Workshop with Dr. Patricia Hutchings

Faculty discussing assignment design.In May 2016, WSU hosted a two-day workshop with Dr. Patricia Hutchings, senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and previously senior scholar and vice president at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where she worked extensively with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Thirty one WSU faculty participated in the workshop, representing 24 departments and 4 WSU locations.

Workshop participants shared a capstone (senior-level culminating) assignment with peers in conversations intended to help guide assignment revision as a summer follow-up activity. The assignments were from both UCORE capstones and capstones for the major.

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate, learn, and share. This was a very worthwhile endeavor.”

“This was a fantastic experience. My teaching (and students!) will both benefit immensely.”

“Really a helpful, rewarding experience. I learned a lot that I can apply to my other classes also.”

“I came away with a much better understanding of capstone courses and their purpose.”