Comprehensive Assessment Tracking System

November 2016

Formative Assessment: Video vs. Written Reflection Effectiveness

As effective teachers, we must recognize that students are gifted with a variety of intelligences.  In fact, Dr. Howard Gardner has identified eight distinct intelligences.  Unfortunately, all too often we structure our formal assessments to allow for students to utilize very few of these intelligences in assessing student learning.  The following experiment will allow for the comparison of multiple forms of intelligence in formative assessment. 

Riding K-Wave: Engaging students outside the library

Every semester the Estrella librarians seek to engage and reach out to students who may not be familiar with the Estrella Library. Participating in student club activities is one method to reach students and promote the Library’s resources and services. Working with the Asian Pacific Islander Club (APIC), I coordinated a social educational event that utilized my educational background in Asian Pacific American Studies and research methods. I created an interactive presentation to engage students to think critically about the food they eat using a popular culture context (K-Wave).

Want to talk about masturbation? A Silent Activity in Human Sexuality

During the Module on Sexual Expression, we sociologically analyze masturbation and society's impact on this natural behavior. Students may be uncomfortable with certain topics that we discuss and analyze. It is also a good opportunity to have a different type of activity. Statements on masturbation are printed on 11 X 17 paper. Each student has one statement in front of them. A timer is used for students to comment on the paper in writing with no discussion. It is a silent class period. Once the timer goes off the statement gets rotated to the next student.

3-D printed models

Trying to visualize molecular processes for students can be very challenging.  Neil Raymond and I decided to try 3-D printed objects to use in the classroom to teach these concepts in Biology.  I used the database thingiverse to search for models, and Neil designed and printed his own working sarcomere through tinkercad.  After using the models in class, I discovered that they can be powerful tools to aid in conceptualizing and visualizing processes, especially at the molecular level.  The 3-D printing is a compliment to STEM curriculum and promotes problem solving skills.  I used 3-D print

Student Guides do it again!

In our Introduction to Education course, one of our major topics is ethical behavior by teachers. Materials covered include some reading materials on ethical behavior, the National Education Association teacher ethics, and a voice-over Ppt covering the topic. The follow up assessment is a series of situations, all of which have occurred in local K-12 education settings, to which the students must describe the correct ethical pathway to take. Scores on this assignment averaged at 77%. This was disappointing, especially considering the serious nature of the topic.

General Education Ability: Writing Composition, Spring 2016 Results

In Spring 2016 SAAC conducted its semester assessment in Writing/Composition, one of seven general education abilities at EMCC. Data was collected from 8 sections with 182 students in 2016, compared to 214 in 2013. 7 instructors implemented this assessment in 2016, as compared to 8 in 2013. The reduced number was attributed to the fact that two abilities were assessed in 2016, as opposed to one in 2013. The areas assessed in W/C were Content, Clarity, and Editing. See attached Ppt.  Results showed the strongest area to be Content, with an average score of 2.48 out of 4.

General Education Ability: Social, Civic, Global Responsibility Results Spring 2016

In Spring 2016 SAAC conducted its semester assessment in Social, Civic, and Global Responsibility, one of seven general education abilities at EMCC. Data was collected from 11 sections with 182 students in 2016, compared to 254 in 2012. 7 instructors implemented this assessment in 2016, as compared to 11 in 2012. The reduced number was attributed to the fact that two abilities were assessed in 2016, as opposed to one in 2012.

What's Next? - SLP 214

The SLPA program is somewhat unique given we are teaching clinical courses in an online format.  It can be difficult to demonstrate disorders and treatment without hands-on learning opportunities.  In order to address the need for examples of disorders and interventions to students, we have included a variety of videos and recorded lectures.  One of the speech sounds I cover in my SLP 214 course is the /r/.  The /r/ sound is one of the most common speech errors children see speech therapists for.  I have not felt that I have adequately addressed this sound with my students.