Workshop: Dynamic Criteria Mapping: Assessing Writing    

Course ID - CTD0300b  

Short Title: Assessing Writing    

 Audience    Faculty 
Length of Workshop:       4 hours ( 2 F2F hours and 2 post workshop hours) 

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.

Identifying and discussing the criteria used to score student work, particularly LO # 1 Communication (Writing), must be a key element in the design of each assessment plan/design. Many faculty members are in need of specialized training in discovering what they value in college-level writing in preparation for developing a specific rubric assessing writing. This workshop supports the following college strategic Goal 6: Identify and promote the use of indicators of learning and success that are appropriate for the college. Goal 9: Increase professional development and external learning experiences for faculty and staff. As the college embarks on developing and implementing program/discipline learning outcomes assessments, there is a grater need for faculty training in sound assessment practices.
Dynamic Criteria Mapping is a method that begins with real student papers and asks groups of teachers to discuss together, as honestly as they can, how they actually read those papers and what they really value and don't value in them. As a starting point participants will look at student work from ENC1101 and talk about what they notice about it. Noticing can help evaluators articulate the qualities of a piece of writing without judging it as good or not good once participants have a rich description of those qualities, they can start to think about what version (s) of them are associated with particular performances of the qualities. Finally, they will start the conversation about coming to a consensus about the qualities of college-level writing. Ultimately, these conversations will lead to development of a locally-grown writing assessment rubric.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  •  Identify criteria of student writing during small articulation sessions, writing down the full range referenced, along with the passages pointed to
  •  Analyze the data by looking back at all the criteria recorded and try to develop "findings": clusters of criteria and their interrelations
  •  Discuss and negotiate evaluative differences, shifting from the descriptive to the normative


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Course ID: CTD0300b 
Course Title: Assessing Writing  
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

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