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The new publication Advancing Student Learning Outcomes in Community and Technical Colleges is now available to all upon request

Edited by Catherine Crain, Cascadia Community College
Glen Rogers, Alverno College


Tunxis Community College

Tunxis’s fun video on ability-based education is getting national attention as a NILOA featured website of the month. Why are there ability scores as well as grades at Tunxis? See a thoughtful reconciliation creatively communicated to a general audience. Check it out.

IISL REPORTS AND PAST PRESENTATIONS
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
picture of Catherine Craine   picture of Robin Jeffers   picture of William Rickards
     


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The annual North Carolina State University Undergraduate Assessment Symposium
April, 2009
Cary, NC

Mentkowski, M gave the plenary address, Optimizing integrative learning by connecting curriculum and performance assessment (slide show) at the annual North Carolina State University Undergraduate Assessment Symposium.


picture of Peter Wooldridge
The annual North Carolina State University Undergraduate Assessment Symposium
April, 2009
Cary, NC

Peter Wooldridge presented at a session at the annual North Carolina State University Undergraduate Assessment Symposium, Assessment of program learning outcomes in capstone courses (slide show).


  picture of Glen Rogers   picture of Shree Iyengar
   
League for Innovation in the Community College
March 29, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland

Forum Session: Optimizing Student Learning Outcomes Across the Curriculum


Evaluation 2007: Evaluation and Learning annual conference
November 9, 2008
Baltimore, MD

William Rickards, Senior Research Associate, Alverno College presented at AEA annual conference titled Practice-based Inquiry Models for Evaluation and Assessment in Community Colleges. 


  picture of Glen Rogers   picture of Libby Daugherty
   
The Innovations 2008 Conference
March 2, 2008
Denver, CO
Plaza Court 3, Concourse Level, Plaza Building

Glen Rogers, Senior Research Associate, Educational Research and Evaluation, Alverno College will be a key presenters along with Libby Daugherty, Columbus State Community College at Leagues for Innovation in the Community College

Innovation and Inquiry for Student Learning: Challenges and Effective Practices.
A Lumina-funded consortium of two-year colleges from across the country has worked with Alverno College to optimize student learning through the teaching and assessment of student learning outcomes. Facilitators will share how institutions are fostering collaborative inquiry among faculty around student learning outcomes and their improvement. Participants most likely to benefit will have interest in moving beyond emphasis on meeting accountability demands to approaches that make assessment integral to teaching and learning across a curriculum.


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Assessment From the Ground Up


August 14, 2007

One issue we have been grappling with as a consortium is the tension between using learning outcomes to document institutional accountability and to serve teaching and student learning. In an Inside Higher Education opinion piece, Donna Engelmann of Alverno College takes on one version of this issue in a very public way.

Encouraging Assessment from the Ground Up

In a second Inside Higher Education commentary, Donna Engelman lists five guidelines for engaging faculty in teaching for and assessing learning outcomes.


  picture of Glen Rogers   picture of Virginia Wagner
   
North Texas Community College Consortium
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Spring Creek Campus Conference Center
Collin County Community College
(Sponsored by the Consortium Institutional Research Committee)

Glen Rogers, Senor Research Associate and Virginia Wagner, Associate Vice President/Dean of Students, from Alverno College gave a keynote address at the second Annual Outcomes and Assessment Conference
Shifting Focus: From Student Satisfaction to Learner-Centered Outcomes


 
June 2007 Summit Conference Panel

Tim Riordan was part of a panel on Learning Outcomes and Assessment at the Learning College Summit, which was held in Dallas Texas on Monday, June 25, from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m., during a plenary session of the Summit Conference.



Tunxis Hosts Ability-Based Education Professional Day

Tunxis Community and Technical College hosted an Abilities Based Education Professional Day (PDF) on May 24, 2007. Tunxis faculty and staff were joined by 35 attendees from other institutions. A wide range of disciplines and departments were involved in the presentations. These include Bob Brown (English/History), Fran Coan (history), Rafaele Fierro (history), Steve Ersinghaus (English), Carianne Mack (art), Candace Carbone (business), Richard Edwards (sociology), Lori Fuller (math), Lynn Laskowski (science), Laura Gambino (computer information systems), Lisa Lavoie (librarian), and Vivian Craven, Maggie Durcharme, Kim Hall-More, Kelly Pittman, and Judy Reilly-Roberts (counselors).

  Chairperson Candy Carbone   Presenters at Tunxis

  Tim Riordan - Alverno College  
   
Innovations 2007 Conference

Tim Riordan (Alverno College) and Shree Iyengar (Anne Arundle Community College) described the IISL Consortium at the Innovations Conference in New Orleans in a session entitled "Innovation and Inquiry for Student Learning." The 2007 Innovations conference, which is sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, was held on March 4 to 7. The participants in the session learned about the IILSL project and how it is focused on the teaching and assessment of student learning outcomes at two-year colleges across the country. The Lumina Foundation has funded the project that presently includes a consortium of twenty-five institutions working with Alverno College to develop and document practices that contribute to improved student learning. Participants reviewed activities of the project, responded to questions from a project survey, and heard about possible participation in later stages of the project.


  McHenry Staff
Assessment Fair at McHenry County College

Eleventh Annual Assessment Fair
McHenry County College
Friday, March 2, 2007



Tunxis Presents on Its Integrative Use of ePortfolios

Tunxis Community College has been implementing ePortfolios as part of its approach to implementing ability-based education and has articulated some of the challenges and successes they have had. Candace Carbone and Laura Gambino presented on moving from Culture Shock to Culture Shift: Implementing an ePortfolio Culture at the March 2007 Connecticut ePortfolio Conference. Laura Gambino also presented with Diane Goldsmith on Integrating ePortfolio into the Classroom on September 22, 2006 for the Connecticut Community Colleges Faculty Professional Day.


   
   
Talk About Using Virtual Spaces

Todd Lundberg (Cascadia Community College) and Robin Jeffers (Bellevue Community College) led an extended conversation on "How a Faculty Assessment Person Might Use Virtual Spaces" at the February 2007 Joint Retreat of the Community and Technical College Liaisons and the Washington State Teaching and Learning Network. The conversation explored ePortfolios, online workspaces, and assessment management systems.


Assessment Conference at Texas A & M

IISL Members presented at Texas A & M's 7th Annual Assessment Conference.

Bill Rickards (Alverno College) and Allatia Harris (Dallas County Community College District) presented a session at the Texas A & M 7th Annual Assessment Conference in February 2007. Based on work of the IISL in its first year, the session was titled: Inquiry to enhance student learning outcomes: Inquiry models in community and technical colleges. Rickards and Harris provided an overview of the types of inquiry models investigated in the IISL consortium and looked at a sample of applications in the Dallas County Community College District. Their presentation emphasized the role of inquiry in the development and evaluation of programs oriented to student learning outcomes. At the assessment conference, this session increased the offerings that speak to community colleges and the collaboration of colleges and universities, as well as exploring the role of student learning inquiries in assessment practices.


  Shree Iyengar   Ken Jarvis - Anne Arundle
   
Learning Abstracts – February 2007

Making Student Learning Visible
"The proof is in the learning. Anne Arundel Community College and Alverno College met with 24 community and technical colleges for a three-day Innovation and Inquiry for Student Learning consortium to take a close look at the challenges of detecting student learning. Read about IISL, Anne Arundel's action plan, and positive outcomes this month in Learning Abstracts." – League News

  Bill Rickards (Alverno College)   Allatia Harris (Dallas County Community College District)
   
Texas A & M Assessment Conference

IISL Members presented at Texas A & M's 7th Annual Assessment Conference.

Bill Rickards (Alverno College) and Allatia Harris (Dallas County Community College District) presented a session at the Texas A & M 7th Annual Assessment Conference in February 2007. Based on work of the IISL in its first year, the session was titled: Inquiry to enhance student learning outcomes: Inquiry models in community and technical colleges. Rickards and Harris provided an overview of the types of inquiry models investigated in the IISL consortium and looked at a sample of applications in the Dallas County Community College District. Their presentation emphasized the role of inquiry in the development and evaluation of programs oriented to student learning outcomes. At the assessment conference, this session increased the offerings that speak to community colleges and the collaboration of colleges and universities, as well as exploring the role of student learning inquiries in assessment actices.


  David England
Tunxis Presents on Ability-Based Education

Tunxis Community College has been actively sharing its innovative approach to ability-based education with several audiences. Colleen Keyes (Dean of Academic Affairs) and Dr. David England (Director of Institutional Effectiveness) from Tunxis Community College presented on Implementing an Ability Based Education System (slide show) at the Connecticut Community College Academic Deans meeting on January 25, 2007. David England made this presentation again at the Connecticut Community College Administrator/Counselor/Librarian Professional Day on April 13, 2007.

Candace Carbone and Laura Gambino of Tunxis Community College presented on The Successful Learner: A Comprehensive Approach to Student-Centered, Ability-Based Education and Assessment at the New England Educational Assessment Network Presentation in November of 2006.


Wilson Discussion Forum a Hit

Well, 2006 went out with a bang on the IISL Discussion Forum event with Cynthia Wilson, Vice President for Learning and Research at the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges. By the numbers, thirteen IISL members made 28 posts to this thread of the Discussion Forum. Beyond the numbers, there was a rich dialogue. Although the official period of the event is past, you can both review the preserved dialogue on the Discussion Forum and still make posts to this and other threads on the forum.


  Sue Justis
 
Flathead Connects in Montana

During the early fall of 2006, three members of the Flathead Valley Community College Assessment Board traveled to Great Falls, MT to visit with faculty and staff of the Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology. FVCC team members Lynn Farris, Sue Justis and Bud Sather presented an overview of the assessment effort at FVCC and provided insight into the growth and development of Ability Based Education.


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