Assessment Design: Perspectives and Examples Informed by Universal Design for Learning

Section 3.2: Sample Assessment Plan Components Part 1

Self-Introduction (3%)

To help mobilize a community, you are invited to introduce yourself within the first week of the class. You may choose to introduce yourself via audio, video, or written format.  Guidelines for the introduction are specified in Week 1.

Learning Outcomes Summary (3%)

In your own language, summarize and rewrite the course learning outcomes listed in the syllabus in Week 2. You may relate course learning outcomes to the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed for your future jobs or dreams. You can be creative on how you present your summary!

 Opening Quiz (4%)

Take a short online quiz in Week 3 to demonstrate your understanding of the course expectations, including APA formatting, as well as key concepts presented in a short instructional video and the assigned readings of Week 2. You may take this quiz as many times as you need and the goal for you is to develop a solid understanding of the basics.

 Self-Evaluation (10%)

There will be opportunities for you to set your learning goals and reflect on them iteratively throughout the semester. Specifically, you will set goals in Week 2, reflect and adjust your goals in Week 8, and then do a final self-evaluation in Week 14. Sample templates, rubrics, and guidelines for each self-evaluation are provided in the course.

 Community-Engaged Learning (10%)

Through this course, you will familiarize yourself with community decision-making processes. This may be realized in a great number of ways, but for the purposes of this course, you are required to engage with a local city council meeting. You can decide where and when but a written reflection is required to complete this assessment. Here are some of the steps:

  1. Plan ahead. City Councils meet at particular junctions of the year; they hold regular meetings, public hearings, special meetings, and other in-camera (closed) meetings. Some City Councils meet bi-weekly, others meet monthly. Planning ahead will ensure that you can coordinate your schedule accordingly.
  2. Notify the instructor of your plan. Once arrangements are made to attend a City Council meeting, you are required to notify the instructor by email of your plan, including the City Council and expected date of engagement. Please be advised that your assessment will not be graded if notification of plan was not received prior to beginning your work.
  3. Reflect on your experience. You will write a reflection with approximately 400-500 words in length, excluding references if any. The reflection should include
    1. a summary of your involvement,
    2. the impact or impressions of the involvement, and
    3. connections you made between the involvement and course content.

Note: those who are not able to attend City Council meetings may have an alternative upon consultation with the instructor. Templates and rubrics for this assignment are provided in the course. This assignment is due Week 12.


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