Course Objectives and Classroom Assessment Workshop


Participants will gain experience in
  • Writing learning objectives for a single class or topic
  • Developing assessment tools for a single class or topic
Participant background requirement
  • Experience in teaching an engineering course
  • Learning objectives
  • Classroom assessment tools
  • Discussion of writing learning objectives
  • Team exercise: develop a set of guidelines for learning objectives
  • Individual exercise: write objectives for a class or learning module
  • Team exercise: review individual objectives
  • Discussion of classroom assessment
  • Team exercise: develop a set of guidelines for assessment tools
  • Individual exercise: writing assessment tools for activity, class, or group of classes
  • Team exercise: review assessment tools

Workshop leader

Dr. Russ Pimmel is a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He teaches digital systems and computer hardware courses and the senior capstone design course. In recent years he has pursued a long-term interest in teaching methodologies. He has worked with his faculty colleagues to explore teaching improvements through a program that includes a weekly colloquium, periodic faculty workshops, and an outside-speaker program. Apart from work, he enjoys reading detective novels and cooking experimental dishes.

Whether you're just getting started or looking for ideas, the Foundation Coalition would like to help you explore alternative approaches to learning and teaching through workshops, Web sites, lesson plans, and reading materials. For suggestions on where to start, see our Web site at or contact Jeffrey Froyd at or 979.845.7574.



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