Hello June

Ah June. The first month of the summer season: outdoor concerts, swimming pools, the smell of sunscreen and bug spray, frozen treats, epic road trips, and summer camps. As adults, we have replaced summer camps with summer workshops. It’s a fabulous way to get together with colleagues from other institutions to network and get ideas for the upcoming fall term. Assessment by Design, a one day workshop, offers our colleagues an opportunity to learn about the Cycle of Assessment with the goal of developing an assessment plan for the upcoming academic year. Build your assessment toolbox with formative, summative, direct, and indirect assessments. Learn how to design a rubric and more. There are still a few openings for Friday, June 16th. The cost is $135 for the day and includes lunch, refreshments, a workbook, and lots of hands-on activities. Say “Hello” to June with us.

Schools Out for Summer!

No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks. Hmm, now that I’m an adult with children of my own, that little rhyme no longer gives me the same sense of elation it did as a youth. Even though classes are done for most educators until the fall term; learning is never over. Come spend a day with us and learn more about the Cycle of Assessment at the Assessment by Design workshop. Learn how to use Bloom’s Taxonomy as a planning framework to tie together course objectives, program outcomes, and classroom assessments. Discuss and receive practical tips on writing program goals. Learn about assessment data: how to gather it, ways to summarize it, how to analyze it, and the myths surrounding it. Network with colleagues from various institutions during the hands-on activities and over lunch. Pick the date that best fits your schedule (June 16 or June 30 CANCELLED) and spend the day with us learning about assessment. Continue reading Schools Out for Summer!

Just Keep Swimming

As a former English teacher, I love a good metaphor. Just keep swimming is a simple metaphor meaning to never stop: never stop trying, never stop believing, and never stop learning. As the end of the semester and the start of swim season approaches, plans are being made for summer activities at every college across the United States: what books to read, trips to take, and what workshops/conferences to use hard earned faculty development dollars.  Allow me to entice you to use those development dollars on Assessment by Design: a one day workshop providing a comprehensive overview on assessment. Assessment by Design is an interactive workshop providing useful information for assessing student learning and how you can use the Cycle of Assessment as a framework to improve teaching and learning. The hands-on activities are facilitated by JCCC instructors and staff. The $135 fee includes a workbook designed to assist you over the course of the workshop day and in the Continue reading Just Keep Swimming

I’m So Excited and I Just Can’t Hide It

As April quickly draws to an end, let us reminisce: it was Autism Awareness month, it rained, it was National Poetry month, and it rained some more, the professional baseball season started, and now only 10 days until the Assessment Matters Conference. I’m so excited! Just think, you can enjoy presentations like Assessing Course Assignments to Allow for Quantitative Evidence-Based Decisions about Teaching Methods presented by Dr. Jamie Dyer of Rockhurst University during the day and a Kansas City Royals baseball game at night. In order to make informed, evidence-based decisions about pedagogical methods that increase learning and retention in a General Biology I course, quantitative assessment analyses were performed to determine the effectiveness of using creative 3-dimensional simulation assignments to improve understanding and learning of specific basic biological topics. Comparisons of student learning and retention with and without the simulation assignments were performed for same student populations to control for differences among student populations and across semesters. Overall, this Continue reading I’m So Excited and I Just Can’t Hide It

April Showers Bring May Flowers

In Kansas its more likely April thunderstorms bring May mosquitoes flowers. Although April in Johnson County is historically wet and windy with unpredictable temperatures; May is sunny with mild temperatures and is all-around a beautiful month. May 5 is anticipated to be sunny with temps in the mid to upper 70s. An excellent day for the Assessment Matters conference. Come enjoy the day with colleagues from around the Midwest and beyond in the Regnier Center located on the campus of Johnson County Community College. Have a cup of coffee and a pastry while you browse through and choose your morning breakout sessions to attend. Please consider Assessment and Campus-Wide Engagement: Incorporating a Center for Teacher and Learning presented by Dr. Jelena Ozegovic, Dr. Tiffany Bohm, Tom Grady, and Julian Gonzalez from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Creating a culture of assessment is often a significant challenge at many community colleges. Institutions are increasing recognition and awareness that assessment should inform Continue reading April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air: the birds are chirping, the trees are budding, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and I’m sneezing and bleary eyed because of the pollen. My BFFs during springtime are antihistamines and tissue. If you’re like me and the safest place during the spring is inside, come and join us on Friday, May 5, 2017 for the Assessment Matters conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a continental breakfast, your choice of numerous breakout sessions, lunch, a vendor fair, door prizes, and more. Here’s a peek at some of your presentation choices: Dr. Kevin Joseph of University of Kansas is presenting Establishing a Culture of Assessment in Student Affairs:  Establishing a culture of assessment is pivotal in creating a philosophy of data driven decision making on campus. The University of Kansas (KU) division of Student Affairs has made great strides in developing meaningful assessment practices linked to the institution’s strategic plan and equally focused on Continue reading Spring is in the Air

Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick was a bishop, a missionary, and is a patron saint of Ireland. Although little is known about his life, he is believed to have died on the 17th of March around 460 A.D. Irish and Irish descendants all over the world celebrate March 17th as St. Patrick’s Day. According to History.com, “What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.” Many who are not Irish or of Irish descent also enjoy the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day. Just like St. Patrick’s Day festivities can be and are enjoyed by a wide array of people; assessment conferences are not just for assessment professionals. All educators can find topics at the Assessment Matters conference on May 5, 2017 to not only interest the individual but benefit their program. Who couldn’t benefit from a preconference workshop on Thursday, Continue reading Saint Patrick’s Day