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December 4, 2009
To support the leadership of Portland Community College, History Instructor Sylvia Gray, and the Learning Assessment Council, The Library is building a comprehensive collection of materials for programmatic assessment and practical how-to guides on learning assessment for faculty use. The focus of the Learning Assessment Council is on assessment of the PCC Core Outcomes at a macro level, but it recognizes that assessment at every level, from individual student learning on up, feeds into the larger picture.
The PCC Library website now offers a Research Guide for Learning Assessment that includes a continually updated bibliography of books owned by the Portland Community College Library. Pam Kessinger, Faculty Librarian, keeps the bibliography up-to-date. She has been interested in promoting teaching excellence and supporting faculty development for a number of years and invites suggestions for the Subject Guide.
The Learning Assessment includes:
- Portland Community College books
- Campus library is noted with a link to the library catalog for availability information or to place a hold for books from one campus to another.
- Summit books
- Links to the online catalog or to place a hold on items outside of the PCC campus libraries.
- Links to electronic copies of journals for browsing relevant articles.
- Subject Searches in WorldCat
- Links to the online catalog to browse for current and relevant titles in topics related to many aspects of assessing learning in the classroom.
- PCC web links
- Resources for PCC faculty for instructional excellence, professional development and tools for learning assessment.
Most sources are directed towards gaining a deeper understanding of assessing students’ learning. Different teaching modalities, strategies, techniques and class management are included with strategies for authentic in-class assessment as well as testing. There are some sources for program assessment and curriculum management, but the primary focus of the library collection and Subject Guide at present is current research in praxis and pedagogy, for how students learn, prove their progress, and achieve academic success.
Library & Learning
Vol. 1 Issue 3 December 2009