The LPII is a three step process:
- Language Assessment Workshops
- Test Development
- Course Development
Each of these steps are opt-in, but they must be completed in sequence: you must attend a Language Assessment Workshop before (re)designing assessments; a redesigned assessment must be completed before applying for a course development summer grant.
For Language Assessment Workshops
Applicants submit an application form and statement of purpose, describing why they wish to attend the workshop. They need not be planning to design or redesign an exam in order to attend. Apply here.
For Test Development Grants
Applicants submit an application form and statement of purpose, along with a proposal for the test they plan to design and develop. They must attend an assessment workshop and have identified outcomes across the four skills when they apply. The application form must be signed by the language coordinator (where applicable) and department chair. If you attended a Language Assessment Workshop, you should have received more detailed information. If you did not, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Course Development Grants
Applicants submit an application form and statement of purpose. They must describe in detail how the course and course materials they plan to design and develop fit into the overall curriculum. All curricular revisions must adhere to reverse design models: outcomes must be identified and defined, both formative and summative assessments must be in place. They may also wish to design new formative assessments as part of their grant. The application form must be signed by the language coordinator (where applicable) and department chair.
Timeline - 2018/2019
- November 3-4, 2018: Language Assessment Workshops
- November 20, 2018: Applications due for Test Design & Development
- December 14, 2018: Notification of Test Design application acceptance
- January 28, 2019: Test Design due
- January 28-March 4: Test Design revision, one-on-one meetings
- March 4, 2019: Finalized Test Design due
- April 1, 2019: Test Development due
- April 22, 2019: Rubric Design due
- May 13, 2019: All stages of Test Development finalized and approved
- June 3, 2019: Course Development proposals due
*Participants can expect 3-4 additional workshops of approximately 90 minutes to address specific aspects of Test Development and Course Development, along with individual feedback and revision meetings.
NOTE: All materials produced under the Language Pedagogy Innovation Initiative will become the exclusive property of the University of Chicago, and the University has sole discretion in approving and implementing the materials and curricula developed under the Initiative.