Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Crafting Assignments that Work

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Jodi Finkel, PhD, Political Science

Thomas Klein, MFA, Animation

Kirstin Noreen, PhD, Art & Art History

Rachel Washburn, PhD, Sociology

During this informal gathering, we will focus on how to craft assignments that are not only clear but that also direct students to engage in independent thinking and creativity.

Three colleagues from different disciplines will kick off our conversations with short presentations on successful assignments they have developed and on how the assignments have evolved over time. We encourage faculty to bring their own assignments and thoughts on what has worked well and areas of particular challenge. 

During our discussions, we plan to place particular emphasis on how to provide appropriate guidance to students and how to make expectations clear. Handouts will be available on “best practices” for developing assignments as will a list of resources on the topic.

This gathering is part of Rachel Washburn’s CTE Faculty Associate Project on Engaging Students in Disciplinary Ways of Knowing and Practicing.

Wine, cheese, and chocoalte will be provided. Please RSVP to or x85866.

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Center for Teaching Excellence
UNH 3030, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045


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