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Assessing Learning at Jefferson College
All policies, procedures, practices, and instruments used to assess the courses, programs, and institutional services at Jefferson College have been documented in a single location in order to make access to them as easy as possible. This Assessment Handbook is available to assist in planning, implementing, revising, and reporting assessment activities at the College.
Additional helpful information can be found below, and the sidebar offers assistance with assessments used in the classroom.
Programs are reviewed every 5 years, as indicated in the Institutional Assessment Plan. The Institutional Assessment Process reviews at the program level. Completed reviews are accessible via the College Reports tab in MyJeffco.
General Education Assessment Plan
To determine how well students are gaining skills in the eight General Education Academic Skills Competencies, an annual assessment of representative student work takes place. The rubrics used for this plan are commonly used by other institutions of higher learning across the country. Faculty are encouraged to check which rubrics are aligned to their courses by reviewing the Official Course Syllabus and using the rubrics to help them craft engaging assignments.
More information can be found within the General Education Assessment Plan.
Ethical & Social Responsibility
Understanding & Engaging Diverse Perspectives
|Cycle 3||Communication||Written Communication rubric or Oral Communication rubric|
Creativity & Innovation
Faculty who wish for assistance in developing quality assignments that align with these competencies and rubrics can contact Cindy Rossi or Anastasia Luettecke for assistance. Assessment Newsletter Archive
Multi-Section Assessment Efforts
Faculty at Jefferson College are starting to formally assess courses that have multiple sections taught by multiple instructors. They are taking a look at the extent to which students across all sections of a course are achieving expected learning outcomes, and then using the information to improve the course so that student learning increases.
Assessing Learning with Student Response Systems
Jefferson College uses Poll Everywhere as its preferred student response ("clicker") system. It can be integrated into PowerPoint presentations to enable realtime viewing of results. Contact Anastasia Luettecke for a short tutorial on working with this system if you would like to integrate it into your class.
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are exercises used to help you assess student understanding. Most are quick and easy, and provide information that can be used to determine which areas students need help on and which teaching methods are most effective. These techniques are most effective when used frequently.
Here are links to some CATs you might consider using:
If you have additional techniques to share, please contact Anastasia Luettecke at x3357.