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Friday, May 5 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Learning Through Community Engagement

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Agile Assessment: Involving Students in Course (re)Design and Implementation
Michael H. Chase (School of Computing) and Kevin Lyon (Faculty Instructional Technology Services)

As a Junior Year Experiential learning (JYEL) and CBSL course, IT 394 and IT 395 focus on introducing students to the Agile software development methodology through partnerships with local non-profit organizations. Since the projects are based on unique requirements defined along with the clients, the course has no set agenda and no set series of lectures or topics at the start. Instead, the class involves the students self-learning and working in groups using the agile methodology to define and solve a problem. Team members have to learn collaboration and client communication skills while working through a real-life project for a real client that gives the teams true ownership of the problem and of the learning. Students are assessed through weekly writing assignment and reflective journals, the contents of which are then re-applied to the subsequent class activities continuously. This presentation will touch upon elements of course design and facilitation, such as backward design, flipped classrooms, Just In Time Teaching, CBSL, and group collaboration and feedback. 

Learning Studios and Authentic Assessment: Taking It Beyond Papers and Rubrics 
Gabriele Strohschen (School for New Learning) 

By way of a course in civic engagement, we collaborated with community youths and adults on Chicago's West Side to bring the theories and philosophy of Asset-based Community Development and Freirean education principles to life. Our instructional model emphasized Learning Studios (Metagogy; Strohschen, 2016), which allow for authentic assessment of learning by and with students, teachers, and community members in and beyond the classroom.

In our collaboration with community members on the project team, we planned and implemented a community-wide event to celebrate the resilience, strengths, and hope of West Side residents.  We also created learning objectives, assessment criteria, and performance-and criterion referenced assessments that led to authentic evaluation of those objectives by the team.  

In this interactive session, we delineate the learning activities, learning products, and corresponding assessment of this recent community-building project. We invite critical questions and dialogue in this brief exchange as we share our insights
 

Speakers
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Gabriele Strohschen

Session Title: If Chicago is our classroom, then what are we doing here? 


Friday May 5, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LPSC 324 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60614-3673