Training & Workshops


 *There are currently no upcoming professional development events for the rest of this spring semester. Stay tuned for more in Fall 2019!


How to Assess Students at the Course and Program Level

Date(s): March 19, 2019 or April 9, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: Faculty Center Conference Room, 1-228

To view the presentation given at this workshop, please see the link below.


Rubric Charrette

Date: March 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: Faculty Center Conference Room, 1-228


Best Practice for Exam Design

How does faculty design fair, yet challenging, exams that accurately gauge student learning? In this workshop, you will learn the general design principles, the "dos and don'ts" of common questions types (e.g., multiple choice, short answer), and how to use the results to understand achievement of student learning outcomes.

To view the presentation given at this workshop, please see the link below.

Date(s): November 6, 2018 and February 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: Faculty Center Conference Room, 1-228


Assignment Charrette

Thoughtfully designed assignments can support student learning. Cal Poly Pomona, will host an Assignment Charrette, where you will have an opportunity to talk with faculty across campus interested in trading ideas about the design and use of the various assignment, tasks, projects, papers, and performances set for students. Faculty working together on the design of assignments has turned out to be a powerful professional development experience. Participants will engage in a peer review process of assignment review and design. The following objectives will occur:

  • Stimulate ideas about how to strengthen the assignment
  • Create transparent assignments for semesters aligned to you SLOs
  • Receive detailed feedback on ways to improve your assignments
  • Prepare your class for semesters

Handouts given at this workshop are attached below.

Date(s): October 26, 2018 and November 2, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: CLA Building, 8th Floor Conference Room


Rubric to Assess, Grade, and Improve Student Learning

This workshop will examine rubrics and how to use them to assess student learning, provide feedback, and grade assignments. The facilitators will provide guidelines and rubrics to help with the development of assessment and grading tools to improve student learning. Participants will gain practical experience constructing and/or improving rubrics. Rubrics communicate expectations to students, a well-designed rubric can help students focus on the important aspects of their work, challenging themselves to deeper levels of thinking and understanding. For instructors, a well-designed rubric makes grading and assessment more consistent and accurate, which supports more meaningful feedback to promote improved student outcomes. Participants are encouraged to bring one or more of the following to make best use of the workshop time:

  • An assignment for which you would like to develop a rubric
  • Course objectives that you might measure with a rubric
  • An existing rubric that you would like to improve

Handouts and presentations given at this workshop are attached below.

Date(s): October 9, 2018, October 11, 2018, and February 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: Faculty Center Conference Room, 1-228


2018 Stories of Successful Learning 

During the 2018 Fall Conference, the Offices of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs have invited all Cal Poly Pomona colleagues, faculty, and staff of curricular and co-curricular areas to submit a poster abstract. The goal was to share evidence of engaged student learning while showcasing the depth and breadth of assessment activities across the university. Stories of Successful Learning offers a professional development opportunity for the Cal Poly Pomona community to share "Best Assessment Practices" with our colleagues on Student Success. For a summary of all 2018 posters and abstracts at this year's Stories of Successful Learning, please see the link below.

Date: August 21, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Bronco Student Center, 2nd Floor Ursa Major Lobby / Ursa Major C


2018 Summer Assessment Institute 

With an update on Cal Poly Pomona’s mission, vision and core values, we invited faculty from across campus to engage in the 2018 Summer Assessment Institute. Faculty colleagues gained an interactive learning experience on the development of measurable course learning outcomes (CLOs), which are aligned to the program’s student learning outcomes (SLOs) and Core Competencies (i.e. written communication, oral communication, information literacy, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning). Participants designed assignments and used provided sample assessment tools (i.e. rubrics) to evaluate student learning. The Institute featured a facilitator to help guide faculty through this interactive process. The goals of the Summer Assessment Institute were to:

  • Create an interactive and engaging environment to advance faculty work on assessment
  • Strengthen a culture of evidence across the campus through professional development on assessment and assurance of learning
  • Gain a better understanding of alignment between assessment and quality of undergraduate and graduate programs at the course, program and institutional level
  • Learn the best practices for assignment design, data collection, analysis and reflection on student learning.

Handouts given at the 2018 Summer Assessment Institute are attached below.

Date(s): August 16, 2018 and August 17, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: The Collins College of Hospitality Management