Prepared and presented by the LEARNER Lab in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning

How do students move from novice to mastery learning? What kinds of assessment questions will help students build on their learning? In this interactive workshop, participants will design proficiency-based learning experiences that help meet students “where they are”. Participants will also engage with demonstrations of PrairieLearn, an online problem-driven learning system for creating homework assignments and tests.

The workshop consists of two 90-minute Zoom sessions on April 14-15, 2022, and is designed for a diverse audience of faculty and student instructors who are currently using PrairieLearn, or plan to use it in the future.

Thursday, April 14th: For Undergraduate and Graduate Student Instructors (U/GSIs)

In Session 1, Undergraduate and Graduate Student Instructors (U/GSIs) are invited to engage with foundational principles in teaching and assessment design. U/GSIs will practice designing effective questions for proficiency-based learning.

Friday, April 15th: For U/GSIs, Research/Teaching Faculty, and Lecturers (including Lecturers with Security of Employment)

In Session 2, U/GSIs, Faculty, and Lecturers are invited to discuss the research on student learning patterns as they transition from novice to mastery learners. Participants will also explore strategies for designing equitable assessments of student learning and revise existing questions to enhance proficiency-based learning for all or most students.

Register to attend by Monday, April 11th, at 5pm PT. If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at