Designing impactful and engaging assignments to foster 21st century skills can be challenging. In order to support faculty who teach General Education courses, we are offering a faculty-led Assignment Design Workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and share best practices in assignment design and develop or improve an existing assignment for their General Education course. To further support assignment design, faculty will be able to apply for an Innovative Assignment Design Grant sponsored by the Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment.


Why Attend?  

Powerful assignments have the capacity to advance the student learning outcomes we value most. Workshop participants can expect to:

  • Make improvements to a current assignment or design a new assignment
  • Connect the course assignment to student learning outcomes 
  • Give and receive feedback from colleagues in a collaborative setting
  • Apply for funding to incorporate innovative assignment design practices into your General Education course 


Who Should Attend?

Anyone who teaches a General Education course at RIT and is interested in designing or improving a course assignment 


  • May 20, 2019
  • 10 am - 1pm
  • The University Writing Commons (Wallace Library)

Learn More About the Workshop


  • 10:00-10:30: Welcome, What Makes a Good Assignment?
  • 10:30-12:30: Assignment Design Roundtables Reviews 
  • 12:30-1:00: Roundtable Presentations (lunch is included) 
  • 1:00-2:00: Innovative Assignment Design Grant Workshop (optional)  

Meet the Facilitators

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Coach and Workshop Facilitator

 Sandra Bailey (Oregon Institute of Technology) is professor of business management and the former director of academic excellence at Oregon Tech. During her seven-year tenure as director she guided the institution from an accountability focus to an improvement orientation coordinating assessment with curricular design and faculty professional development. At Oregon Tech she also led a task force in a comprehensive general education review using assessment results and the Degree Qualifications Profile to guide the redesign of general education. Oregon Tech’s new Essential Studies program is an integrated general education program with clear alignment to institutional student learning outcomes. Bailey served on the steering committee of the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning (MSC), serves as a reviewer for the Excellence in Assessment designation, and was the Oregon state lead for AAC&U’s Faculty Collaboratives project. She has organized statewide faculty conferences in Oregon and facilitated assignment design workshops with faculty across the country. Areas of expertise: general education outcomes, assessment, and curricular design; assignment design; mapping curriculum and the student experience; and organizational change.

RIT Faculty Facilitators 

Innovative Assignment Design Grants

Five mini-grants of $500 each will be available to event participants and can be used to support innovative teaching and learning projects in General Education courses which 1) Align to one of RIT’s General Education Student Learning Outcomes 2) Incorporate innovative assignment design practices.  

Grant funds can be used for start-up and pilot expenses related to the design of innovative General Education course curricula and assignments. Funds can be used for: 

  • Materials or experiences for innovative, active or engaged learning
  • Resources for design, consultation, data collection, or resource development
  • Individual or departmental professional development for pedagogy
  • Salary stipend dollars

Grant applicants can propose other funding suggestions to support their work.  Participants can complete a short application form following workshop completion.

Register here for the Workshop

For more information, contact:

Leah Bradley
Leah Bradley, Ed.D., Director