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Assignment Charrettes

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The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is proud to partner with Ron Johns, Assistant Dean of Learning Assessment, to offer ACC faculty the opportunity to participate in an “Assignment Charrette.”

Assignment Charrettes are generally day-long events that gather faculty to share and improve their assignments. The charrette model has been used successfully across a wide range of disciplines to encourage thoughtful development of materials that align with course level and program level objectives. Here at ACC, we’ll be trying a shortened charrette model, which only requires 4 hours of your time.

Participants in the assignment charrette will work in facilitated teams to review one assignment from each participant. They’ll have time to present their assignment, get verbal and written feedback from other participants as well as to provide feedback to others. The goal is to have participants bring an assignment they would like to improve, or a new assignment they’d like to develop with the help of their teaching peers. This collaborative event will culminate in sharing across teams and then sharing of improved assignments with colleagues across the college.

You can learn more about assignment charrettes here: http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/documents/Assignment_report_Nov.pdf

Our next Assignment Charrette at ACC will be held from 10am to 2pm on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Highland Business Center.

Charrette Basics

What you’ll get:

  • The opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams with colleagues from across the college to develop high quality assignments.
  • Early access to all of the assignments produced as a result of the charrette.
  • Professional development credit.
  • A delicious lunch!

What you’ll be asked for:

  • An actual current or proposed assignment.
  • Your creativity and willingness to give support and feedback to other teaching colleagues.
  • Attendance for the entire length of the charrette meeting.
  • Permission to share your “improved” assignment with faculty across the college.

"I appreciated the opportunity to get feedback on improving my assessment."

"Wonderful training and sharing. I’m excited to go home and prepare for my upcoming classes next week."

"I enjoyed getting to know about alternative teaching tools."

"Everything was wonderful. I hope to be able to attend future trainings."

Current Charrette

Summer 2016 Charrette

Friday, July 22, 2016

10am to 2pm

Highland Business Center

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 5pm

Applications Currently Closed

Applications will be reviewed and prospective participants will be notified by Monday, July 11.

If you have questions, please email FCTL@austincc.edu.

Past Charrettes

Our first assignment charrette at ACC was held from 9:30am to 3:30pm on Friday, October 30 at Highland Business Center.

We decided that the goal of our first charrette would be to work on assignments that support a specific general education competency, and we selected “visual communication” as the competency for the first charrette. The Coordinating Board expects all public institutions of higher education in the state to demonstrate the extent to which their students have achieved this competency, but many colleges and faculty members struggle with exactly how to do that. Given this challenge, faculty were asked to select either an assignment that supports development in visual communication or one that they’d like to try to link to this competency.