Please consider submitting an abstract for the panel I’m organizing for the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) at the 2018 ACTFL Convention in New Orleans. 

All best,
Steffen Kaupp 

Project-Based Curriculum Design and Learning-Centered Feedback in the L2 Classroom

What are the most effective, and at the same time most rewarding, ways for students to demonstrate their learning progress, and for teachers to assess how much their students have learned? While the traditional blue book exam might offer an easily measurable score, it leaves hardly any room for learners to engage at a deeper level with intellectually stimulating topics through the target language. We invite presentations that rethink how assessment and feedback can draw on theories such as situated cognition, and thus become an integrated, and enjoyable, part of the curriculum and the learning experience. Presentations will (1) introduce specific innovative project-based assignments, and/or (2) discuss alternative forms of feedback, like specifications grading or contract grading. The session ultimately introduces a model of assessment and feedback that focuses on students’ ability to produce new knowledge in the target language rather than merely reproducing memorized information. Send a short description (250 words) by January 5, 2018 to [log in to unmask].
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Steffen Kaupp, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor
Resident Director, Notre Dame Berlin Programs
Department of German and Russian
318 O’Shaughnessy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Office: 317 Decio Hall
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