An important element of student-centered, more engaged, learning is collaboration. When students interact and work with each other, they take a more active role in the classroom, which increases the potential to deepen and strengthen learning.
A rubric defines the performance levels for any graded activity and is essential for formal assessments. Expectations for both students and faculty are better met when evaluation criteria are provided at the time the task is assigned. A rubric will clearly specify your expectations and the student's required effort to achieve the desired score.
"Formative feedback is a way for instructors to check in with their students and give and receive timely, constructive feedback. Think of it as a dialogue that can help everyone involved actively contribute to achieving the learning outcomes."
A Signature Assignment is that assignment that best displays the knowledge or skills essential to the objectives of a course.
The creation of signature assignments is an opportunity for faculty to focus intentionally on learning experiences that are specifically intended to address the learning that occurs in their course.
At the end of the semester, Academic Departments will collect samples of Signature Assignments from each course to serve as evidence of learning for their program.