Convocation Assessment Wrap Up

It has been two weeks since all ICaP staff gathered for Convocation on January 10th, 2020 in Grissom Hall. Since then, ICaP staff have reflected on Convocation and would like to take this time to thank our participants and give some important assessment reminders. 

Thank Yous

First, ICaP staff would like to take the time to thank our norming co-leaders (Jessica Mercado, Joe Forte, Kailyn Hall, and Victoria Braegger) for volunteering to run norming sessions at Convocation. Without them, norming would have been difficult as a large group, so a huge thank you goes out to these folks. ICaP would also like to extend a thank you to the Assessment Committee members as they have volunteered their time to further a community-based assessment project. Please join me in giving these volunteers a round of applause. 

Second, the ICaP staff would like to thank our instructors for their critical and informative insights on our rubric. This rubric has been ICaP’s pet project this semester and has gone through many iterations. Instructor comments were consistent across the norming groups, which means we are getting closer to consensus and a rubric that speaks to our assessment needs. 

Third, assessment is a long and arduous process, but we have made great strides since we began this project in 2014 with Dr. Jenny Bay et al. at the helm. The project picked up steam again in Fall 2017 with Daniel Ernst leading the way with our common assignment piloting. After two years of pilots, ICaP selected the portfolio as our common assignment and we implemented it in Summer 2019. Instructor feedback from past and present instructors have been informative and helpful in establishing a portfolio common assignment that benefits students and instructors. Again, the community engagement surrounding our assessment effort has been amazing, so a HUGE round of applause to everyone. 


ICaP announced voluntary changes to the portfolio at Convocation for the Spring 2020 semester. See the summarized changes below, but please view the Voluntary Changes handout for more information: 

  1. Address fewer outcomes in the final reflection
  2. Change the audience from an employer-based audience
  3. Continue to implement reflective logs/memos using instructor developed prompts
  4. Experiment with portfolio formats outside the PDF
  5. Use standardized formatting guidelines (see Voluntary Changes
  6. Use standardized organization guidelines (see Voluntary Changes)

As noted previously, these changes are voluntary for the Spring 2020 semester. Instructors suggested these comments in the Fall 2019 portfolio submissions. Instructor insight is much appreciated as it helps us develop a quality common assignment that fits our diverse students and instructors. 

As we begin our Spring 2020 semester, ICaP would like to remind instructors of our upcoming norm, read, and rate sessions:

  • February 4: 9:00 to 11:45a (KRAN G002) 
  • February 5: 12:30 to 3:20p (REC 309)
  • March 2: 12:30 to 3:20p (REC 309)
  • March 5: 9:00 to 11:45a (KRAN G002)

Please remember it is mandatory for instructors to attend at least two of these sessions, and instructors may cancel conferences for the week to facilitate attending a norming session. We appreciate your cooperation in this assessment endeavor. 

Finally, if you would like to get more involved in ICaP’s assessment project, please consider joining the Assessment Committee. The Assessment Committee is polling interested instructors for a meeting time for this semester, so please fill out this Google Form if you are interested in joining the committee. Benefits of joining the committee include professional development opportunities, the opportunity to create assessment changes in ICaP, food, and much more. Direct any Assessment Committee questions at Derek Sherman (

ICAP Convocation, Spring 2020

Here are the materials for our January 10 Convocation in Grissom Hall.

All of the assessment materials shared have been added to our November blog post, and will be integrated into the new ICAP web site as well.

Assessment Updates

Three updates as we near the end of Fall 2019:

Norming, reading, and rating, Spring 2020

As in Spring 2019, we will be reading and rating Fall 2019 work as a large group. This process will begin with norming at our Spring 2020 Convocation (January 10, 2020, 11:00am) and will continue into the Spring 2020 semester. 

We will have four sessions before Spring Break. Please plan to attend at least two.

  • February 4: 9:00 to 11:45a (KRAN G002) 
  • February 5: 12:30 to 3:20p (REC 309)
  • March 2: 12:30 to 3:20p (REC 309)
  • March 5: 9:00 to 11:45a (KRAN G002)

If you teach English 106 and need to cancel conferences to make attending these sessions easier, please do. (Make sure to let Joy Kane know, of course.)

Student guide for creating the portfolio is ready

The tech mentors have graciously created a guide to creating the portfolio for students (PDF). In this guide, students will find information on how to create, combine, and format PDFs. In addition, students will find information on how to make the portfolio readable for accessibility purposes. Please inform your students of this guide to help them compose the final portfolio. 

Standardizing the Portfolio Format: Spring 2020 and beyond

Based on our assessment of the Summer 2019 portfolios, ICaP and the Assessment Committee have agreed that working with portfolios would be easier if the format and organization were  standardized to some degree. We ask instructors to use this format and organization in Spring 2020 if possible. We will gather feedback and finalize guidelines to be used by everyone in Summer 2020 and beyond. 

We request the following format guidelines: 

  • Title page with student name, instructor name, and course number 
  • Table of Contents with all writing projects  and their respective parts listed 
  • Clear labels within the portfolio for each part of each writing project  (e.g., proposal, rough draft, final draft, etc.)
  • Each component should start on a separate page 

We also ask that this organization be used: 

  1. Title Page 
  2. Table of Contents 
  3. Final Reflection 
  4. Course Writing Projects in chronological order
  5. Each writing project should also include its components and/or milestones in chronological order, i.e.
    1. Brainstorming 
    2. Rough Draft(s)
    3. Feedback (Peer and/or Instructor)
    4. Final Draft 
    5. Mini-reflection (memo in English 106Y)  

Again, this change is voluntary for the Spring 2020 semester. 

Update: Additional Voluntary Changes

Based on feedback from the portfolio submissions from Fall 2019, instructors are welcome to make the following additional changes to the portfolio assignment. This handout summarizes them.

  • Final Reflection: You may create your own prompt that focuses on some outcomes rather than all
    • Throughout the semester, however, students should have reflected on each outcome once
    • Continue to use the same rhetorical moves suggested in the Instructor’s Guide to the Portfolio
  • Final Reflection Audience: You may change the audience from an employer to an audience that more closely fits your syllabus theme or preference
    • You will need to submit this assignment sheet to Qualtrics
  • Reflective memos/logs: You are free to create your own prompt that fits the major assignment
    • Continue to use the same rhetorical moves suggested in the Instructor’s Guide to the Portfolio
    • Make sure these remain relatively small
  • Beyond the PDF Portfolio: Some instructors in Fall 2019 experimented with digital/web-based portfolios, so you may also use this format. Please see any of those instructors for advice
    • All components of the portfolio would remain the same
    • Submission would require a link

Thank you!

We would like to thank all Summer 2019 instructors for their commentary on the portfolios, especially those who attended the norming session on October 22, 2019. The commentary and suggestions we received have helped us continue to refine our assessment process.

The Assessment Committee is also hard at work at creating additional resources for teaching the portfolio and reflection. We will share those materials with you as soon as we can. 

If you would like to further contribute to the assessment conversation, please join the Assessment Committee. Please contact Derek Sherman ( for more information. 

Thank you all for your hard work!

Rubric Roundtable Part 2: Design

As a follow up to the rubric roundtable at fall convocation, Libby Chernouski, Lauren Mallet, and Allegra Smith facilitated a workshop centered on rubric design. Building on the first workshop, the facilitators provided a brief overview of rubric research and rubric types before moving into a series of guided questions and considerations for instructors hoping to use rubrics for pedagogical purposes.

You can find rubric templates, handouts, and slides for both part one and part two of the workshop series in the Rubrics Roundtable Google drive folder. If you would like to talk with a facilitator regarding rubric design and development, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

This week’s workshop will feature ICaP technology mentors Dee McCormick and Kristyn Childres, who will demonstrate how to integrate rubrics into Blackboard Learn. Join us on October 23 at noon in PHYS 026!

Fall Undergraduate Research Expo

Encourage your students to submit to or attend the Fall Expo! The Fall Undergraduate Research Expo is an interdisciplinary, low-stakes research conference for undergraduate students at Purdue organized by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Students in all disciplines and at all years of study are encouraged to submit their research or creative work as either an oral or poster presentation.

Photo credit: Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference

Fall Undergraduate Research Expo
Date: November 18
Oral Presentations: 8:30-11:30am, STEW 214
Poster Symposium: 1:30-3:30pm, PMU Ballrooms

Submitting: To be considered, students must submit an abstract through a Qualtrics form, which can be found on the Fall Expo webpage. It is helpful if you walk through the application with your students, who should list you as their research mentor. There is no submission category specifically for students in Engl. 106/108.

Submission Deadline: October 29, 11:59pm

You may also view a PDF version of the Qualtrics application form.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to see other undergraduates share their work. If you have students who are considering submitting for the Spring conference, encourage them to attend the Fall Expo.

Research Workshops

The OUR is offering the following workshops for undergraduates to help prepare them to conduct and present research. Encourage your students to attend* even if they do not plan to present this fall! Bringing a laptop to sessions is encouraged. For more information on the workshop series, visit the OUR website.

A schedule of fall workshops offered by the OUR. Upcoming workshops described in text content on webpage.

Oct. 15 – Where to Start to Be an Undergraduate Researcher – HIKS G980D | 4:30-5:30pm

Undergrads interested in getting started in research will learn what researchers are seeking, how they can approach potential research mentors, and what they need to do to prepare.

Oct. 29 – How to Leverage and Market Your Research Experience – HIKS G980D | 4:30-5:30pm

Similar to other experiences you may have, marketing your research experience to graduate school programs or employers for full-time positions or additional opportunities is critical.

Nov. 5 – Present Your Research: Oral Presentations – HCRS 1066 | 12-1PM

Available for those who will be presenting their work in an oral presentation at the Fall Expo or other venues such as courses or off-campus conferences. Fall Expo participants who indicated they wanted to deliver an oral presentation are encouraged to attend, but it is open to everyone. Attendees must RSVP via the Qualtrics survey since lunch is provided.

Nov. 5 – Present Your Research: Posters – HIKS G980D | 4:30-5:30pm

Novice and expert poster designers are invited to learn poster best practices in anticipation for the Fall Expo. Those who plan to present a poster are encouraged to attend.

Nov. 12 – Poster Work Day – Preparing for the Purdue Fall Undergraduate Research Expo – HIKS G980D | 4:30-5:30pm

Poster presenters for Purdue’s conferences and off-campus conferences are encouraged to bring a draft of their poster to the session to ask questions and receive feedback from peers and session presenters.

*If you require attendance at any of these workshops as a form of extra credit or in place of a class period, please let us know so that we can provide expected attendance numbers to the OUR.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know: Libby Chernouski,

Selected professionalization workshops, Fall 2019

We would like to draw your attention to several opportunities for professional development this semester. As part of our ongoing effort to support instructor professionalization, we have identified several workshops that may be of particular interest. If you currently teach or are interested in teaching with ICaP, we encourage you to attend the following workshops offered by ICaP, the Dept. of English, and the Graduate Student English Association this September and October:

Professional Website Building: Sept. 25, 9:30-10:20, WALC 3084, ICaP Technology Mentors

A poster advertising a website workshop hosted by ICaP technology mentors on Sept. 25, 2019. Features a header image of an individual wearing glasses and a dark background.

Dee McCormick and Kristyn Childres will help you launch or polish your professional website in this workshop. Prepare your online presence for job seeking and those inevitable Google searches! In addition, the technology mentors can answer questions regarding digital teaching portfolios. Students, staff, and faculty encouraged to join.

Interviewing: October 9th, 12:00-1:30, HEAV 320, Dept. of English

Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Powell, and ICaP director Dr. Dilger are hosting a workshop on academic interviewing as part of their annual job committee workshop series. Learn the dos and don’ts and what to expect on the job search.

CV + Resume Workshop: October 15th, 3:30-4:30, SC 246, GradSEA

A short panel discussion and Q&A about CVs and resumes followed by a workshop period to work on these materials. From 3:30-4pm we will have Bradley Dilger, Tony Bushner, and Jennifer Loyd offer advice and discuss models of CVs and resumes. From 4-4:30pm we will have our workshop portion of the event in which our leads will assist attendees with questions as they work on their own CVs and resumes. Please bring a draft of your CV and/or resume made accessible.

Rubrics Roundtable Part 2: October 16th, 12:00-1:00, HEAV 208, ICaP

Join Lauren Mallett and Libby Chernouski for our second workshop on using rubrics. Last time we discussed types of rubrics and their applications. In this session, we will focus on the process of creating, revising, and implementing rubrics. You are encouraged to bring your existing rubrics, assignment sheets, and student drafts with you to this workshop.
You can view the materials covered in the first workshop.

Rubrics in Blackboard: October 23, 12:00-1:00pm, PHYS 026, ICaP Technology Mentors

In this workshop, Dee McCormick and Kristyn Childres will walk you through creating and assessing with a rubric in your Blackboard course. You will leave with a functional rubric! Please bring an existing rubric to translate into Blackboard.

Campus Visits & Negotiations: November 6, 12:00-1:30, HEAV 320

Dr. Powell and Dr. Dilger will discuss what to expect during campus visits and while negotiating an academic job offer.

Website Workshop: November 25, 12:00-3:00, HEAV 205, ICaP Technology Mentors

Dee McCormick and Kristyn Childres will be available in the 2nd floor grad lab to assist you with all your website needs. Learn from their expertise and create a polished, professional website! Bring a laptop or use one of the computers in the lab.

Workshop Spotlights

The following professionalization workshops are being offered around campus. Please note that these workshops will require registration. Visit the Graduate School’s workshop directory to register and to browse additional workshops in research and professionalization.

CCO: Center for Career Opportunities
GS: Graduate School

Workshop Date Time Host Location
Interviewing Skills—Fundamentals 9/24 5:00 PM CCO RAWL 2070
Interviewing Skills—Advanced 9/26 5:00 PM CCO RAWL 2070
Negotiation Skills 9/30 5:00 PM CCO RAWL 2070
Classroom Accessibility 10/7 9:00 AM GS WALC 3132
Preparing a Teaching Demonstration
for the Academic Interview
10/7 10:10 AM GS WALC 2088
Interviewing for Academic Jobs 10/7 9:00 AM GS WALC 2088
Fellowships for Second Year (& Beyond)
Graduate Students
10/7 2:10 PM GS WALC 2051
Negotiation 10/8 11:20 AM GS WALC 2121
Time Management 10/8 9:00 AM GS WALC 3127
Video Express 10/8 9:00 AM GS WALC 3132
Ford Foundation Fellowship:
Grad students and Postdocs
10/10 10:00 AM GS WALC 3090
Video Express 11/5 2:00 PM GS STEW
Teaching, Diversity, Research
11/5 11:30 AM GS YONG

Please reach out if you have any questions: Libby Chernouski,

Save the Date! Norm, Read, and Rate Session

ICaP has scheduled a norm, read, and rate session for Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in PHYS 110 (see map below). This session is voluntary for instructors, but we have scheduled it during mentor group so that most instructors will be free. We will norm the portfolios from Summer 2019 to understand what may need to be revised for Spring 2020. 

Our goals for this norming session, include the following:

  • Create a consensus on what a portfolio should contain and how to read it 
  • Create a consensus on what the reflective log and final reflection should contain and how to read them
  • Discuss variations in how each 106 course meets ICaP goals and the portfolio’s need
  • Read and rate portfolios to illustrate changes for Spring 2020 common assignment

We will provide coffee, tea, and bagels at this session, so please come and help us out. The goal is to have incentives, so stay tuned for more updates. This post will be updated once more information is available. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please email Derek Sherman (

ICAP Convocation, Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 ICAP Convocation was held Friday, August 16 from 11:00am to 3:30pm in Grissom Hall. We’ve shared slide decks for our general sessions and breakout workshops here.

General sessions

  • Welcome
  • Introduction of new instructors
  • News from ICAP partners (Writing Lab, GradSEA, OEPP)
  • ICAP policy reminders
  • Assessment update

Workshop breakout: Useful reflection

Workshop breakout: Rubrics roundtable

Workshop resources (Google Drive)

Workshop breakout: Teaching research posters

Welcome, new ICAP RAs!

Please welcome our new Introductory Composition research assistants as they begin work to prepare for the AY2019–20 school year:

Libby Chernouski
Assistant Director, Professional Development

Derek Sherman
Assistant Director, Assessment

Dee McCormick and Kristyn Childres
Technology Mentors

Sweta Baniya, Cody Krumrie, and Parva Panahi Lazarjani
Assistant Mentors

Thank you to Alisha Karabinus, Bianca Batti, Patrick Love, Rebekah Sims, and Kylie Regan for their work this past year.