Apply for Collaborative Assignment-Design Process by January 12

Note: Please consider applying to participate in the assignment design charrette, described below, by our colleagues at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Call for Participants

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) is pleased to announce the third assignment charrette to take place March 9, 2015, in Boulder, Colorado. Applications are due by January 12, 2015. This collaborative assignment-design process is an opportunity to work with others with similar interests and to contribute to an online library of high-quality, peer-endorsed assignments. Learn more about the Assignment-Library Initiative and view the current version of the Library, which now contains some 40 assignments.

The charrette is intended for faculty members who are designing and using assignments linked to proficiencies set forth in the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). As academic professionals with an education role, academic librarians are eligible to apply whether or not they have faculty status.

We are open to assignments of all types, addressing the full range of DQP proficiencies. However, we are especially eager to include assignments that address the DQP proficiencies of civic and global learning and/or applied and collaborative learning. We especially encourage those who work at minority-serving institutions or who teach diverse student populations to apply.

The project will pay travel and onsite costs and a $500 honorarium when the assignment has been completed and successfully submitted and accepted into the library. Learn more about how to apply, and submit your application by January 12, 2015.

Additional Resources

In the new report Catalyzing assignment design activity on your campus: Lessons from NILOA’s assignment library initiative the authors discuss lessons learned from NILOA’s Assignment Library Initiative, offer various approaches to increase inter- and intra-campus collaboration on assignment design, and provide six suggestions on how to do so successfully.

The Roadmap to enhanced student learning: Implementing the DQP and Tuning, now available in pdf form, is not a “how-to” manual. The Roadmap is based on studies of institutional work and presents the various routes institutions have taken in implementing DQP/Tuning to advance student learning.

Questions? Contact Natasha Jankowski at or Pat Hutchings at