Learning Assessment: General Resources
- American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) will be holding an assessment conference in Portland this winter (Thursday, February 27 - Saturday, March 1, 2014.) Note: PCC is an AACU member. Link to conference: http://www.aacu.org/meetings/generaleducation/gened2014/index.cfm
- Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education's (AALHE) 3-day conference occurs in Albuquerque starting Monday, June 2, 2014. Learn more at: http://aalhe.org/content/4th-annual-assessment-conference-2014
- Additional assessment conferences are found at this link: http://www.assessmentconferences.com/
Professional Development Opportunities
- LAC Core Outcome Assessment Class (for PCC Faculty)
- Courses from PCC's Center for Careers in Education
- Professional Learning Communities (previously Critical Friends Groups)
- Conversations with FT and PT faculty
- Center for Civic Participation (CCP at PCC)
- Assessment Listserve? Subscribe to ASSESS at http://www.coe.uky.edu/lists/helists.php
- Learning Assessment Blog
- Library Resources
- Assessment Resources and Rubrics
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Resources and Rubrics
Class is scheduled for Fall 2013 at Rock Creek. [Next offering will likely be during the 2014-2015 school year at CA.]
Contact Michele Marden (email@example.com; x4786) for information.
This class is ideal for anyone involved in program/discipline assessment through your SAC or for those who want to explore the heart of the biggest mystery in higher ed today. It is intended for PCC full-time and adjunct faculty members.
Here are a few of the topics:
- How does grading in my class differ from assessing at the program/discipline level?
- What are the pressures on higher education that are driving changes in accreditation regarding assessment and accountability? How are PCC and other institutions responding? What is happening internationally?
- What does a quality assessment process at the program/discipline-level look like at PCC (ie, sample size, norming, direct/indirect, full-time and part-time faculty participation, signature assignments, exam, portfolio, rubrics, checklists, trending, LDC and CTE concerns, etc.)?
The Center for Careers in Education offers a series of courses on a variety of topics to help instructors increase their effectiveness in the classroom. The courses present and model research-based ideas and strategies and allow time for participants to share practices and applications with colleagues. They are free of charge to all PCC instructors. To register, email your G# to Gabe Hunter-Bernstein firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Quarter Course: Matching Philosophy and Practice: Walking the Talk
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Location: Cascade Campus, Terrell Hall 112
Instructors: Martha Bailey, Shirlee Geiger, Gabe Hunter-Bernstein
Length: 1-day (6-hour) class
CEU Info: 0.6 ceu credits
Course Number: CEU 3347
- Critically analyze instructional practices in terms of underlying philosophy.
- Articulate a personal philosophy of education.
- Develop and adopt educational practices that reflect one’s personal educational philosophy and the institution’s educational philosophy.
- Explore basics of major educational philosophies/theories (e.g., Essentialism, Perennialism, Humanism, Social Reconstructivism, Progressivism).
- Analyze practices or sets of practices to determine actual underlying philosophies (including Banks’ levels of approaches to multicultural content).
- Analyze PCC’s Core Outcomes as to philosophy(ies) behind them.
- Begin to create personal philosophy.
- Analyze one’s own practices to determine whether they match personal and institutional philosophies and create some instructional activities that do.
Email Gabe Hunter-Bernstein: email@example.com. Include in your email the class name and your G#.
A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is an ongoing systematic faculty led process to support faculty in their collaborative quest for further understanding about how to improve their professional practice and student learning. PLCs at PCC are faculty driven and their focus is based upon member’s interests and questions. Each PLC has one or more trained facilitators to move the conversation and support deep reflection.
PLC facilitators at PCC were trained in one of the most successful models for collaboration and professional dialog, Critical Friends in 2011.
There are one or more facilitators and ongoing PLCs at each campus and the SE Center. For more information or to request to join a group, contact Sally Earll (firstname.lastname@example.org, 971722-7812) or contact the TLC coordinator on your campus.
[No offerings currently scheduled]
Facilitated conversations between Full-time and Part-time faculty members
In many PCC offices, PT teachers sit with other PTers. FT faculty may not even know who teaches in their discipline. When people are separated and rarely meet, even for casual interaction, misconceptions and stereotypes never get corrected.
Using a conversation guide from Public Conversations Project, we will try to talk through these divides, to get to what brings us together: better serving our students' needs.
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Are you tired of divisive debates that just perpetuate the lines between us and them? Want a respectful and productive conversation about important issues?
What is CCP?
CCP is based on the National Issue Forum, a group that has been working for a long time to increase the quality of conversations about public issues. In order to have wise decisions, we can't just sound off, argue over solutions, or impose our values. We have to struggle with the hard choices that every issue entails, considering the pros and cons of each option. That is deliberation in a nut shell. Deliberation is not debate.
A group of PCC faculty and staff has been trained in the forum process, and will be inviting members of the PCC community to engage in conversations relating to education and local concerns.
For information, contact one of the following:
- Neal Naigus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shirlee Geiger (email@example.com)
- John Farnum (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2012-2013 Grant Assessment Winners
- Adult Basic Education (Michael Hunter-Bernstein)
- Comp/Lit (Lutgarda Cowan, Elizabeth Smith)
- Dental Hygiene (Nancy Pilgrim, Cara Kao- Young, Sandie Curren)
- Developmental Education (Beth Kaufka)
- Geology and General Science (Melinda Hutson)
- SPARC Subcommittee (Michael Meagher, Alissa Leavitt, Erin Stanforth)
- History Tuning Project (Robert Flynn)
2011-2012 Grant Assessment Winners
- ART (Elizabeth Bilyeu)
- BA (Usha Ramanujam)
- CG (Sonya Bedient)
- CHLA (Doris Werkman)
- DE (Leslie Boyd)
- GRN (Jan Abushakrah)
- LIB (Torie Scott)
- MTH (Carly Vollet)
- NRS (Priscilla Loanzon)
- NRS (Doris Rink)
- SOC (Jordan Durbin)