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Designing Learner Assessments Using Open Practices and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

March 6, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST

Approximately 2.2 million learners were enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Canada in the 2021/22 academic year (Statistics Canada, 2023). That number is likely relatively similar for 2023/24. If each of those learners were enrolled in 3 courses per semester, and each course required one hour of homework and assignment time per week (over 15 weeks) that’s a total of 90 million hours of potential learner co-creation of knowledge. Just in Canada, just in one semester. Using David Wiley’s idea of reducing “throw away assignments” (Wiley, 2013), the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a fantastic opportunity to create globally relevant and experiential projects as part of post-secondary learning experiences.

The purpose of this interactive workshop is for participants to learn about the SDGs (if they have not yet heard of them) or refresh their knowledge (UNESCO, n.d.), and explore with each other and the facilitator how to use the topics, targets, and indicators to develop an open assignment and rubric for learners. The exploration and design of assessments should highlight use of open educational resources (OER), focus on real-world examples, be relevant to your discipline, and include conversations with colleagues for inspiration and feedback.

The output of the workshop will be a participant-designed assessment (assignment details and a rubric if needed) based on one or more of the SDGs that may be explored in partnership with students in an upcoming course.

Boxed lunches will be provided for in-person registrants.

About the facilitator: Dr. Jenni Hayman is an experienced and active higher education administrator, researcher, and faculty member at Royal Roads University in Canada. Her expertise is in the design and delivery of online and hybrid post-secondary programs, including partnership with faculty on the use of open educational resources, technology in their teaching practice, and scholarly research (scholarship of teaching and learning). Recent roles include Associate Faculty at Royal Roads; Chair, School of Business, Online at Conestoga College; and Dean, Academic Excellence and Innovation at Cambrian College. Jenni provides guidance and support for faculty and administrators on emerging regional, national, and global education practices related to open education, quality assurance, program review and development, and evidence-based teaching models. Her current research and explorations focus on the use of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a foundation for post-secondary curriculum.


March 6, 2024
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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