2022-2023 Faculty Learning Community: Alternative (Authentic) Assessments and Grading Approaches

The USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) announces a Faculty Learning Community, a community of practice open to all faculty. Members of the year-long Faculty Learning Community will divide into self-selected cohorts to explore research and practice in alternative assessments and grading approaches.

This interdisciplinary experience is designed to be a space where faculty share ideas, seek support from one another for problem solving, and discuss effective practices. Each cohort in the community will produce a project that will be shared with USC colleagues at the April CET Faculty Showcase.

The Faculty Learning Community includes a series of facilitated monthly Zoom meetings held on Mondays from 1:30pm – 3:00pm Pacific time. The community will be limited to 24 participants.

Participants will be expected to

  • Design, revise or implement a current assessment or grading method in a course.
  • Attend monthly meetings.
  • Self-select a community cohort to work with throughout the academic year.
  • Actively participate and collaborate with colleagues in their cohort.
  • Complete a project, selected and created by the cohort.
  • Present the completed project to USC community during the April CET Faculty Showcase.

Dates and agendas of Live Zoom Sessions 

Monday from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific Time

  • September 12: Needs assessment.
  • October 17: Sharing of research and literature review.
  • November 14: Cohort decision on project topic and design.
  • January 9: Peer presentations, critique and feedback.
  • February 6: Facilitated workshop time.
  • March 6: Finalize presentations and projects.
  • April 10: CET Faculty Showcase presentations.

For questions about the CET Faculty Learning Community program, contact usccet@usc.edu

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