Last week on the blog, we discussed the advantages of getting peer input on your planned IL assignments and offered resources related to assignment development. One idea we shared as a quickfire way to improve your lesson plans was to host an assignment charrette, an event in which educators present their assignments and get feedback on them from peers.
To learn more about running charrettes, please join us on August 23 for a webinar with Credo's Senior Product Manager, Amanda DiFeterici, who will present “Running an Assignment Charrette: How to Host an Assignment-Improvement Event.” The webinar will concentrate on how to help instructors align their existing assignments to information literacy skills (a topic also covered in the faculty portion of Credo’s InfoLit Modules). DiFeterici will cover how to prepare for and present a successful charrette, focusing on aspects of the task such as:
- Keeping instructors on track with time bound goals
- Presenting the importance of backwards-designing assignments
- Emphasizing the benefits of collaboration with instructors outside your discipline
Collaboration with those in other disciplines should be a particularly valuable portion of the webinar, as instructors may not often work with those outside their area and will need to have this benefit discussed during the charrette.
The offering of an assignment charrette can be a high-profile event for the library and one that will be worth mentioning in materials that discuss the worth of the library to the institution. From the library’s point of view, it will offer a chance to see assignments that you may not otherwise have access to, which can only be of benefit when it comes to helping students.
To get a head start on learning what charrettes are all about before the webinar, please see some related resources created by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and LEAP Texas, and to join us on the day, please register for Credo’s free InfoLit Learning Community, where you will have access to our webinars, discussion area, and IL resources (or log in here!).