FLO Friday: Designing for Authenticity — Aligning Assessment with Intended Learning Outcomes

This session will highlight different aspects of aligning course components with intended learning outcomes for clarity and transparency. Specifically, we will dive into discussions of creating strong intended learning outcomes and linking them to authentic assessments that support all students. This FLO Friday workshop will highlight the foundational role intended learning outcomes play in course design, the significance of checking for alignment between assessments and outcomes, and the importance of connecting with colleagues in small-group activities to apply alignment practice. Although not required, it may be helpful to have some intended learning outcomes and assessments for courses in mind in preparation for this session.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • When presented with a complete intended learning outcome statement, you will correctly identify all three defining components.
  • You will carefully reflect on how to create an authentic assessment that links to your intended learning outcomes following brainstorming in small groups.
  • Through a small group activity, you will identify approaches to assessment that are relevant to your teaching and an authentic assessment framework.

Your FLO facilitator is Gerry Gourlay. Gerry Gourlay (she/her) gratefully acknowledges the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples as the land and place where she currently lives and works. Gerry is the teaching assistant (TA) coordinator in the division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation at the University of Victoria. In this role she mentors over 800 TAs each term through TA-specific programming and professional development initiatives to ensure they support undergraduate learning. Part of Gerry’s portfolio includes supporting faculty and instructors with course design, crafting intended learning outcomes, and supporting alignment among course components. Gerry is an instructional skills workshop facilitator and trainer, and she holds a PhD in biology and a graduate certificate for learning and teaching in higher education (UVic). She enjoys supporting faculty and instructors in finding innovative ways to support student learning, reduce barriers to learning for all students, and make the implicit more explicit in learning.

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to all our sessions.

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