Teaching and Learning Cracker Barrel: ‘Designing Effective Assessments’

“Teaching and Learning Cracker Barrel: ‘Designing Effective Assessments’”
Organizers: Grahame Renyk and Jenn Stephenson
Contact e-mail: Grahame Renyk (grahame.renyk@queensu.ca) or Jenn Stephenson (jenn.stephenson@queensu.ca)

Call for participation
Deadline: 31 January, 2019

The cracker barrel is a circle of conversation. Named after informal discussions that took place in the country store around the cracker barrel, a cracker barrel conference presentation format brings together presenters with participants for a series of short, intensive conversations. This teaching and learning-focused cracker barrel session will feature 6-8 presenters, each at a separate table or circle of chairs. Each presenter will give a brief introduction, followed by comments and questions from the participants. After 20 minutes, the bell will ring, the participants will move to another table or circle and the presenters will begin again for a new group of participants. This sequence will be repeated 4 times in the 90-minute period.

The topic for this proposed cracker barrel session is “Designing Effective Assessments.” How we connect learning outcomes to assessment is a critical part of course design and an aspect of teaching that is experiencing significant innovation. By sharing successful assessment strategies in the field of drama, theatre and performance studies, both presenters and participants will be able to expand their teaching tool boxes. The cracker barrel format is intended to provide a forum for quick exchange of these ideas, strategies, and assessment designs.

Prospective presenters are invited to share their success (or failure) with learning tasks from recent courses. Areas of focus might include: universal design for inclusive assessment, scaffolding formative and summative assessments, creating authentic assessments, encouraging risk-taking, incorporating peer assessment, and alternatives to traditional assessments like the essay or exam.

Please send a brief letter of intention and a short biography to Grahame Renyk (grahame.renyk@queensu.ca) and Jenn Stephenson (jenn.stephenson@queensu.ca)

Submissions are due on or before 31 January 2019.

Please note that all participants must join or renew their CATR memberships upon acceptance to the workshop.

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