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Teaching & Learning Assessment

Teaching and Learning Assessment


       What is assessment and why should we do it?  


"Assessment is the process of gathering and discussing information from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences; the process culminates when assessment results are used to improve subsequent learning." (Huba, M. E. and Freed, J. E., 2000.  Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses -- Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning. Boston, Allyn and Bacon.)

In other words, by systematically acquiring information to evaluate student learning we can:

  • develop productive methods to measure student achievement
  • better help our students achieve our stated learning objectives
  • evaluate the effectiveness of our courses and programs
  • make informed decisions on pedagogical, course and curricular reforms

This means we will be able to determine how well we are accomplishing our goals and find ways to be more effective educators.  Although assessment needs to be documented for reaffirmation of accreditation, MORE IMPORTANTLY it can save us time and energy by allowing us to see what works best for our students.

Valencia Campus College Assessment Review Committee (CARC)

2014-2015 Membership:

Dr. Claudia Barreto, Chair
Khaled Kassem
Dr. Tracy Terry
LeAnn Weller
Dr. Heather Wood

All assessment plans are “works in progress” as we constantly endeavor to serve our ever changing student bodies, as new information, technologies and ideas are created and as our society evolves.  These plans are NOT mandates.  Each of you has individual teaching strengths and styles.  These plans are meant to help you develop effective plans for YOUR students, courses, and programs.  Please send in your ideas to amend and add to the plans on this page and submit plans for any of your courses and programs.  Our ultimate goals is to have plans available that you can adapt for all of the branch campus programs and as many of our course as possible.