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.
Learning Community (LC) faculty have been saying for 6 years that the main focus on the LC is to help students in future STEM courses. Majoring in a STEM field is difficult; math is a barrier for most students. Approximately 20% of community college students start as a STEM major with 69% of them changing it to non-STEM. The LC course is designed to help students be successful STEM students and truly understand how math and physics are intertwined. So, student grades were analyzed from fall 2010 - spring 2016. Students that went through the LC vs.
Cross cultural psychology (Psy 132), is an introductory course which examines human diversity in behavior and culture using examples from a variety of contexts within western and global societies. This is a popular course among non-psychology majors, based primarily on its “Big 3”General Education designation: Cultural Diversity, Global Awareness, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
As reported on the 2014 CATS "All-USA Scholarship Selection Process," a "6-Trait Writing Rubric" replaced the EMCC Writing Rubric for scoring the 2015 essays. 2014 scorers reported displeasure with the EMCC Writing Rubric, especially regarding content. The 2015 rubric was customized to weight heavily "Ideas & Content," and the semi-finalist judging score sheet was adjusted accordingly. 2015 scorers reported the new rubric was more effective in judging the value of the experiences and accomplishments in the essays.
For several years now, I have students write lab reports in calculus I, II and differential equations. The set of directions given to students on what to include in the lab report were ones that I created. Every semester, students would ask follow up questions on what to include in their document. Students constantly missed points for missing information/data or not being detailed enough. This past semester, I decided to see if chemistry faculty had a lab report template, and they do! So, Dr.
I'm very sold on the idea of using OERs (Open Educational Resources) -- they save students money, and they allow all students to have immediate access to course materials. The downside is that some students seem less engaged with these types of course materials; I think this is because they have been conditioned to the ideas of a textbook.
Taking organized notes while learning both drafting and a software program, AutoCAD, helps with retention. Notes will also be an integral part of the way we will communicate. Students will use Google Docs. They will add notes of important drafting and drawing tips to remember later. Usually as learning takes place, questions arise. They can ask questions with a note or add a reminder to ask something later. During Grade Checks this semester, students will share their notes with the instructor.
My ESL students have been challenged to produce clear and coherent writing on a particular topic, even when the topic is on their own preferred choice. I came up with the idea of using a visual, a graphic organizer, and work step by step toward producing good writing. Dissecting and discussing the paragraph structure, looking closer into each of its parts helped my students understand the purpose of writing – how each part (beginning, body, and ending) contributes to producing cohesive and clear writing.
As a part of an online early childhood education course I will require students to turn their first paper into Smart Thinking before submitting their final paper. The paper that is submitted for a grade must also include the draft and notes from Smart Thinking in order to receive credit for the paper. This is the first of three papers that students will write for the semester. I am interested in tracking:
Most chemistry labs are of the "cookbook" style, the labs are a series of steps to perform in the alloted time and not much thought goes into the performance. The other option is to give students a problem to solve and then give them free reign to design a lab. Many of the students have no idea where to begin the design phase of a lab and end up just looking up a cookbook lab and trying to make it work. The other problem with the free reign option is safety and logistics with the laboratory prep. Is it a safe lab? Do we have the chemicals, glassware, equipment?