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Tel: 401-825-2478

Jeanne Mullaney
Assessment Coordinator

Michele Quaedvlieg
Website Content Manager

CITLA News & Events (updated September 21, 2016)

CITLA Brown Bag Workshop: Directed Notes

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Knight Campus Room 1130

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Liston room TBA


Directed notes are a set of questions that vary in type and response format that guide students to focus on important parts of a textbook and/or lecture. This resource for students was developed by Elizabeth Harwood of Rivier University and presented in an E-Excellence in Teaching Essay to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Harwood writes that directed notes "provide organizational structure for note-taking and vary in their format and response demand in order to encourage students to take notes from in class discussion and to take non-linear style notes (i.e., concept maps).” At this session, we will work together to write a set (one chapter’s worth) of directed notes prompts for students, so please bring your textbook/a reading assignment, related exam questions, lecture resources, activities, or other materials. Rachel Rogers (Psychology Department) has been using Directed Notes with her students for a year and will facilitate the workshop.

click here for recommended reading

Specifications Grading Workshop

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Liston Campus Room 1324

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lincoln Campus Room 2144


Specifications grading is an alternative approach to grading that is supposed to maintain academic rigor, motivate students, and save faculty time by specifying clear targets for pass/fail grading of assignments and other assessments. But how would it work at a place like CCRI? Have you considered trying it or have you already done so? Join us for a brief introduction to specifications grading and a discussion about the pros and cons of the system and its variations. Join Shawn Parker (Art Department) for a brief introduction to specifications grading and a discussion about the pros and cons of the system and its variations.

Suggested reading:

Mittell, Jason. “Rethinking Grading: An In-Progress Experiment.” Just TV. 16 February, 2016. Web. Accessed 16 September, 2016.

Nilson, Linda B. “Yes, Virginia, There's a Better Way to Grade.” Inside Higher Ed. 19 January, 2016. Web. Accessed 16 September, 2016.

CITLA Brown Bag Workshop on Exam Wrappers

Friday, October 21, 2016; 12:30 - 1:30; Warwick Room 3076

Tuesday, October 25, 2016: 12:30 - 1:30; Lincoln Room 2144


Exam wrappers are short assignments that prompt students to reflect on their exam preparation and performance. They ask students to think about why they got questions wrong, how they studied, and how they will change what they do for the next exam. Exam wrappers can be assigned as homework, completed as part of an in-class activity, or even added as questions on the exam itself. They promote students’ metacognitive skills and help them take ownership of their learning. Karen Kortz (Physics Department) and Renee Saris-Baglama (Psychology Department) will lead the discussions.

NEW Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Faculty Learning Community Forming

Do you have questions about your teaching and student learning that you’d like to turn into research questions and hypotheses that can be answered empirically?

Would you like to work with a group of like-minded faculty who are also researching meaningful questions about their teaching and their students’ learning?

Members of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning faculty learning community will meet over the course of the spring 2016 semester, read articles on SoTL, attend at least 2 meetings, and participate in a workshop given by Dr. Michele DiPietro called “Moving your SoTL Project Forward”. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 8:30-4:00 on the URI Alton Jones Campus. In addition to participating in the meetings listed, faculty members will design a SoTL project, carry out the research, and publish the findings in a journal and/or present them at a conference.

To join this Faculty Learning Community, please click here and print the application. Please forward the completed application to Michele Quaedvlieg, Knight Campus Library by March 7, 2016. If you have any questions please contact Jeanne Mullaney at 825-2478.

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