Improving Student Learning Through Assessment: Creating An Approach To Engage Students, Faculty & Staff
Assessment is intended to ensure students are provided with the best possible learning opportunities that will allow them to acquire and master the intended learning outcomes for a specific class, course, or program. Using the time, knowledge, expertise, and resources available, it informs decisions about how to improve learning.
To ensure that learning, rather than compliance, is the focus of assessment efforts, institutions must first examine what they value. Assessment efforts should emphasize what matters most to their learners, stakeholders, and educators. This webinar will discuss Aims Community Colleges approach, discussing past, present, and future assessment, including lessons learned that will:
- Foster collaboration between students and among faculty and staff
- Be flexible to needs of the learning environment
- Recognize and honor the unique learning opportunities created by faculty and staff
- Communicate the shared responsibility for achieving intended student learning outcomes across the institution
- Use direct evidence to determine how intended student learning outcomes are met
- Provide evidence to determine appropriate revisions to classes, courses, and programs
- Develop a model for success, as well as articulate what success means and how it is measured
- Promote transparency and authenticity
- Uncover recommendations for engaging key stakeholders
- Develop an approach to creating institutional level student learning outcomes
- Demonstrate approaches for engaging faculty members as part of the assessment process
- Explore existing rubrics and related Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes (ILSLOs) to examine fit
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Assessment Office
- Accreditation Committee
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Deans of Instruction
- Department Chairs
- Online Learning Professionals
- Instructional Designers
"We cant forget that assessment is a process to examine how much students are learning. It requires collecting, reviewing, reflecting on, and using the information obtained through informal and formal measures of student learning to improve student learning. As Thomas Angelo says, do assessment as if learning matters most."
Dr. Michelle Shelly Ray Parsons is employed at Aims Community College as the Director of Academic Assessment and a Professor of Mathematics. In addition to helping her community college develop and establish its assessment practices, Shelly oversees/implements training on the colleges assessment technology, assists and supports faculty in assessment project development, and hosts a myriad of professional development sessions around best practices in assessment of student learning. Her primary teaching areas include the Calculus sequence, Trigonometry, Statistics, Math for the Liberal Arts, College Algebra, Career Math, and Introduction to Education. She has been teaching at Aims Community College since 1999 and began her teaching career in 1993.
Shelly is a Content Specialist for e-Mentoring for Student Success through New Teacher Center. She has worked with this group since 2007 in this role. She was recently elected to the role of Vice President for the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In addition, Shelly has presented both regionally and nationally at multiple conferences on both mathematics and assessment related topics including Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Colorado Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges, and American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges. She is also a reviewer for the publication Mathematics Teacher.
Deborah Johansen works at Aims Community College in Greeley, CO and is an Interim Academic Dean of Division II. She oversees the following programmatic areas: Allied Health programs, Aviation, Automotive, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science, Biological Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Deborah also oversee academic assessment and faculty development for the college. As part of her duties, she works on global academic affair matters, accreditation, assessment, and academic strategic planning. Deborah has taught since 2002 and primary teaches Business Law and an occasional American Government course. She has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has worked at both public and private institutions.
Deborah has an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Science Education from Florida State University. Also, Deborah holds a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. She practiced law in Florida and Colorado for 13 years. As an attorney, Deborah represented the interests of a variety of clients including small and mid-sized corporations, a school board, and individuals.
Deborah was a Baldrige Examiner for the non-profit Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence, a regional evaluator using the Baldrige framework. She currently represents the college at the community college consortium, COMBASE. In addition, Deborah is a past board member of a chamber of commerce and non-profit organization. Deborah serves on the college's All College Action, Pre-requisite, Sabbatical, Assessment, and Academic Affairs Leadership committees. She has been a member of the administrative team charged with negotiating with the faculty association and currently a member of Senior Management.
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