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Assessment Progress and Plans

SLOAC Chair
Carey Kopay

The development of this website is supported by the Title III Grant.

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Student Learning Outcomes & Assessment Cycle (SLOAC)

SLO Faculty Inquiry Groups (FIGs)

There are many ways to improve student learning, but one that holds particular promise is an inquiry-based approach, called a Faculty Inquiry Group, or FIG, for short.  On this site you will find the FIG models that we have used to complete the Assessment Cycle in both our Course and our College-wide Learning Outcomes.

What FIGs do:

  • Create professional communities in which educators can share what happens in classrooms
  • Articulate and negotiate the most important outcomes for student learning
  • Use the tools of classroom research to understand the experience of students more deeply
  • Share insights and findings
  • Examine a wide range of evidence, from examples of student work to campus-level quantitative data that describes patterns of student performance
  • Invite, and offer critical reflection and peer review
  • Collaborate in the design of assessments, assignments, and curriculum
  • Build trust as an essential component of ongoing improvement
  • Support professional identity and responsibility among educators
  • Reflect our experiences and findings back to our college community

Our College-wide Learning Outcomes FIGs:

With our College-wide Learning Outcomes FIGS, we seek to foster Inquiry and dialogue between groups of interdisciplinary faculty on the assessment of our most pervasive, holistic goals for our students.

We have 5 Institutional-level Outcomes, or College-wide Learning Goals:

  • Global and Cultural Involvement
  • Civic Responsibility: Cultural, Economic, Historical, Political
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Development of the Whole Person
 

The Critical Thinking FIG of Fall 2008 and Spring 2009

This, our initial Institutional-level SLO FIG, was one in which 14 interdisciplinary faculty assessed student levels of critical thinking in a diverse range of courses to validate our students' sense of learning in this area.  The participants tested the use of two common rubrics; one for a holistic assessment of critical thinking, and another for a more detailed assessment of different aspects of critical thinking.  They developed a critical thinking SLO for their course, and identified an assignment in which to assess it with one of the two rubrics.  They assessed their students, and came together to discuss the aggregate and individual results, and what this means for the teaching and learning of critical thinking in their courses and at Chabot.  The project continued into the Spring 2009 semester, where the participants taught other faculty to use the rubrics and assess critical thinking in a larger sample of courses.  The group is currently planning how they will share their experiences and insights with the college at large.

Click here to see the Critical Thinking SLO proposal

Click here to see the Critical Thinking Assessment results

The Global and Cultural Involvement FIG of Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

This, our second Institutional-level SLO FIG, is one in which a group of interdisciplinary faculty will assess student levels of Global and Cultural Involvement in a diverse range of courses to validate our students' sense of learning in this area.  The participants will test the use of two common rubrics; one for a holistic assessment of global and cultural involvement, and another for a more detailed assessment of different aspects of it.  They will develop a GCI SLO for their course, and identified an assignment in which to assess it with one of the two rubrics.  They will assess their students, and come together to discuss the aggregate and individual results, and what this means for the teaching and learning of GCI in their courses and at Chabot.  The project will continue into the Spring 2010 semester, where the participants will teach other faculty to use the rubrics and assess GCI in a larger sample of courses.  The group will then share their experiences and insights with the college at large.

 

Our Course-level SLO FIGs:

The Art Adjunct SLO and Assessment FIG of Spring 2009: 

This, our initial Course-level SLO FIG, had the goal to move 10 art adjunct faculty in the disciplines of Fine Art, Film, Interior Design, Architecture, and Photo through the writing of SLOs and rubrics, the assessment of those outcomes, the recording of those assessments in eLumen, and the reflection upon the process.  The participants gained new insights on their students, their course outlines, their outcomes, their assessment techniques, and finally, themselves.  In addition to this, each participant developed three new assessment approaches, particular to assignments in our classes, to adopt and evaluate, and share the results of which to each other and our Division as a whole.

Click here to see the Art Adjunct SLO FIG proposal

Click here to see the Art Adjunct SLO Assessment results

The Business Online SLO FIG of Fall 2009:

This, our second Course-level SLO FIG, is currently moving 12 full-time and adjunct business faculty through the writing of SLOs and rubrics, the assessment of those outcomes, the recording of those assessments in eLumen, and the reflection upon the process. The participants are gaining insight on their students, their course outlines, their outcomes, their assessment techniques, and finally, themselves.  As the faculty involved teach online courses, the group meets in the discussion forums of Blackboard, and at prescribed conference-call sessions.  Blackboard also hosts the responses from per advisors, the weekly agendas, and the FIG's materials and resources, making it very user-friendly and accessible.

Click here to see the Business Online SLO FIG proposal

The Physical Education Adjunct SLO FIG of Fall 2009:

This, our third Course-level SLO FIG, is currently moving 34 Physical Education faculty through the writing of SLOs and rubrics.  The participants are gaining insight on their courses, their course outlines, their outcomes, their assessment techniques, and finally, themselves.  Their Flex Day workshop on SLO and rubric development will be videotaped and available on Chabot's Intranet.

Click here to see our Physical Education SLO FIG proposal

Click here to see the PE Adjunct SLO Assessment results 

                                   This page was last updated 4.21.09

 
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