Defining Learning Goals and Assessing Learning through an Active Learning Lens

Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Science Village 10
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Patrick Shabram, Front Range Community College
Leilani Arthurs, University of Colorado at Boulder
Pierre Lu, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

This interactive 2.5-hour workshop will engage participants in (1) defining learning goals for a course they already teach or plan to teach in the future and (2) discussing how student learning can be assessed through an active learning lens. Participants will receive resources during the workshop that they can retain for future reference. Current and future instructors of any rank, including graduate students, are all welcome to participate in this workshop.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Define what a learning goal is.
  • Describe three criteria for writing learning goals.
  • Apply criteria for writing learning goals to crafting learning goals for their course(s).
  • Describe three main types of rubrics.
  • Apply knowledge of three main types of rubrics to create rubrics.
  • Obtain experience being a "student" in an active learning environment.
  • Envision how they might apply active learning methods to the courses they teach.


1:30 Welcome and Introductions

1:40 Activity 1: Explore what a learning goal (LG) is.

2:20 Activity 2: Begin drafting learning goals for a course.

3:00 Activity 3: Become familiar with different types of rubrics.

3:50 Wrap Up & workshop evaluation form

Bring with You

You will need a pen/pencil to participate in the planned activities.  We ask that you bring your pen/pencil as we cannot bring one for everyone that might participate in this workshop.