Instructional innovation workshop

Instructional Innovation Workshops (IIWs)

Topic: Evaluating learning outcomes
Workshop dates: May 15-19, 2023
Deadline for proposals:  Monday, April 19, 2023
The CLS is happy to announce that we are able to once again offer an Instructional Innovation Workshop (IIW) this academic year. The IIW Workshop is a five-day intensive opportunity for language faculty to work on projects based on a specific theme that changes from year to year.  We invite faculty to submit proposals related to the workshop topic.
The topic for this year is Evaluating learning outcomes, and the focus of the workshop will be on developing quantitative and qualitative measures for assessing learning outcomes at all levels of the curriculum. This can include, for example, program evaluation, curricular alignment, or assessing the outcomes of a specific course or course level. In the context of the 4+1 asynchronous pilot project, projects could also focus on systematic evaluation of the asynchronous day activities and learning outcomes.
The workshop will start Monday, May 15th, with an opening plenary session with participants, followed by a keynote presentation which will be open to the entire language community. The workshop will continue throughout that week ending with a lunch on Friday, May 19th. As is our tradition, the IIW will feature lectures and mini-workshops by invited speakers, small-group-discussions, and brief final presentations by the participants. At this point, we are planning this as an in-person workshop. 
Each participant selected will receive a stipend of $1000, which requires a commitment to develop a project to be implemented the following academic year, full attendance and participation in the entire workshop, including a project presentation on the final day of the workshop, and sharing the results with your colleagues in a Brown Bag next academic year.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s IIW, please submit a 2-3 page detailed project proposal by April 19, 2023 to Mary Jo Lubrano ( or Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl (

The proposal should include:

• A title

• An abstract that briefly summarizes the project.

• A rationale for the project:

o Why are you proposing this evaluation project?

Are you addressing a specific question or concern, or are you seeking to improve your course(s) or program?

• A detailed description of your project:

o Outline the specific objectives and the scope of your proposed evaluation plan.

o How will it contribute to improving your course(s) or program?


Please contact Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl ( or Mary Jo Lubrano ( if you have any questions. We’re happy to schedule an appointment  (in-person or via Zoom) to discuss your project plans and to assist with the proposal development.