Comprehensive Assessment Tracking System

Behavioral Sciences & Cultural Studies

Using a Data-Analysis Program to Support Student Success in an Online Psychology Statistics Class (PSY230)

Teaching Psychology Statistics is daunting.  It is effectively an applied mathematics course focused a single topic, psychology.  The school's data has shown that when students come to EMCC underprepared, it is likely to be in mathematics.  Thus, student success in math often requires intense support- emotional and intellectual- by both peers and instructors: guided practice, and lots of immediate feedback on the process of turning a large set of numbers into a meaningful narrative.

Discovering Learning Gaps Using Online Homework Software

This semester I am assigning students online homework problems using Sapling Learning. After the due date expires, I plan to analyze which questions were most frequently missed.  Then I will bring these back as part of a study session prior to the midterm 1.  Similar questions will be restested as part of their midterm, and an analysis conducted to see if students' scores improved as a result of the feedback and additional practice in these areas.

What Did You Say? The "I Am Human" Campaign

The "I Am Human" Campaign focuses on choosing language that creates an inclusive culture demonstrating social awareness. Students watched the "I Am Human" video in addition to reading about the campaign on the EMCC website. Students participated in a pre/post survey and discussion board directly connected to the campaign. Their weekly video reflection and final journal entry are typical assignments in the Sociology courses. The students mentioned the campaign in both assignments as examples of what impacted them in the course. Please see the attached document on the results.

What's your favorite field in anthropology?

Every anthropology class starts with an explanation of anthropology and the fact that there are four main sub-fields in anthropology (i.e. Archaeology, Cultural, Linguistics, Physical.)  Each anthropologist specializes in one of these fields.  At the beginning of the semester each field is discussed, explained, and students are encouraged to think of examples of each.  After understanding the fields, they are asked which of the fields they think they would like best.

It's all about that Book, 'bout that Book...

In Fall 2014 I re-designed my COM225 Public Speaking course into a 5-week "Fast Track to Completion" format.  When I recalled having taught Summer sessions (which are also 5 weeks in duration), I remembered that students had difficulty completing the reading assignments from the established textbook--it was quite lengthy (and expensive).  But, I wanted to see if taking the course during the regular semester might make a difference in student engagement with the textbook.  Dismal results. Only about 75% of the students were reading and completing the accountability assignment (see attachment

Sexuality and Critical Inquiry: Improving the Assessment

During Fall 2014, SOC 130 (Human Sexuality) particiapted in the SAAC Critical Inquiry Assessment. I have attached the assignment, the SAAC rubric, and the scores for the course. Students created a research project focusing on five areas (averages in parentheses): 1. question/observation (3.91)  2. hypothesis (3.46) 3. planning (3.18) 4. analysis (3.95)  5. conclusion (3.82). The lowest score was in the planning area which is the development of the survey questions which had to connect to testing their hypothesis.

No, you can't use your book for the quiz: Comparing quiz scores with and without class materials

I traditionally assess whether students are reading using a 10-question multiple choice quiz per chapter.  Students asked if they could use their notes and/or books.  I allowed students in my MWF PSY230 course to use their notes/books for the quizzes while those in the T TH  section were not allowed to do so.  I kept track of how long it took students to complete the quizzes and their average quiz scores over a ten week period.

Preview Your Course

This assessment is intended as an alternative to the syllabus quiz. It is primarily for use in online and hybrid courses, but could be used in face-to-face classes that utilize Canvas. Students are required to preview each module of the course in the first week of classes. Students open each module and preview each assignment, activity and due dates within each assignment. Students then write a summary of what is required for each module. This gives students a clear picture of what will be required of them throughout the semester and first hand experience negotiating Canvas.

Democratic Decision Making in an Online/Hybrid Environment

This assessment modifies the Democratic Decision Making assessment I developed a few years ago. It makes use of discussion boards and surveys to allow students in online and hybrid classes to participate in a democratic process to decide what topics they will study and present.

I use the dicussion feature on Canvas to guide class discussion of which topic (among choices decided upon by the instructor) they would like to study in more depth and present to the class.

Students in Gender Classes: What do we need to know to serve them best?

I have been teaching PSY of Gender (PSY 235) online for many years and typically receive excellent reviews for the class from students. This (Spring 15) semester, I am offering Introduction to Women's Studies (WST 100) online for the first time. While developing the class I was uncertain of several particularly difficult content elements because of the level of the course and my assumption that many of my students come from disciplines far more diverse than the the social science backgrounds of my PSY 235 students.