Assignment Charrette: A Collaborative Design Workshop - Cancelled

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
10:05 AM - 12:35 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

The session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. 


Assignments are powerful teaching tools, and their design is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake as educators. Yet that work is often private and unavailable for collegial exchange and knowledge building. Thoughtfully designed assignments can support program assessment, as well as learning-centered curricular and pedagogical reform and create clearer, more powerful pathways for students. And for faculty, working together on the design of assignments has turned out to be a powerful professional development experience.

Join us for this assignment charrette—a term borrowed from architecture education, denoting a collaborative design process—where you'll engage in a collegial, peer review process of assignment review and design. This workshop will be an opportunity to talk with other faculty interested in trading ideas about the design and use of the various tasks, projects, papers, and performances set for students.


** Registration Procedures Update **

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If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete training record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available with a single account and login.


Participants must attend a workshop in its entirety to receive credit for the workshop in their training records. Late arrival and/or early exit from a workshop invalidates receiving credit. If technology issues require rescheduling of a workshop, participants must attend the workshop at the rescheduled time to receive credit. These policies apply to all CTE workshops/events, including workshops that qualify as requirements/electives for a certificate of completion.


Lydia Frass
Director, Assessment and Online Learning
College of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Studies (CAS OUS)


Lydia Frass is the director for assessment and online learning with the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Studies (CAS OUS). Frass coordinates programming and support for the college’s degree program assessment and online learning initiatives, facilitates the CAS DL Advisory Board, and supervises OUS’s undergraduate student services and advisement assistants. She serves as the CAS representative to the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analytics Assessment Advisory Committee; DoIT Flagship Analytics Council; and ODL’s Distributed Learning Working Group.

Prior to joining CAS, Frass worked in the Center for Teaching Excellence as senior instructional designer where she coordinated the Distributed Learning Working Group, consulted with faculty in online course design, and facilitated various online learning workshops. Before joining CTE, Frass coordinated and evaluated the South Carolina Public Health Training Center, which provided online professional development for public health workers and included developing the infrastructure for virtual professional development. Frass earned her PhD in Adult Education with concentrations in educational leadership and research from the University of Southern Mississippi. While at Southern Miss, she provided assessment and online learning support for the department of Educational Leadership and Research.

Michelle L. Hardee
Program Manager, Graduate TA Training
Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the program manager for graduate student teaching assistant training and professional development in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a master's from Grice Marine Laboratory at the College of Charleston. Throughout her 19-year teaching career, Michelle has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program, as an instructor at Coastal Carolina University and as an adjunct professor of geology at the College of Charleston and is currently an instructor in the Marine Science Program at UofSC. She is a staunch advocate of all graduate students and of the critical need that GTAs develop pedagogical knowledge and professional skills for any future career pathway.