The Fall 2013, All-College Professional Day titled: “Do You See What I See?” Critical Conversations about Student Learning and Development, provided faculty and staff with an opportunity to explore the use of rubrics to develop a deeper understanding of student learning, and have meaningful conversations about how we recognize students’ achievement of institutional learning outcomes. The day focused on four of our ISLOs: Personal and Professional Development, Critical Thinking, Social Responsibility, and Quantitative Literacy.
In the morning we heard from our Keynote Speaker, Terrel “Terry” Rhodes, Vice President for the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) about the relevancy of this work at a national level. Terry was followed by a panel of MCC and UML faculty, facilitated by Charlotte Mandell, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, UMass Lowell, who shared their experiences using AAC&U rubrics in the development of student assignments and their assessment.
Faculty and staff then participated in a “norming” session where they applied a rubric that assesses an outcome of their choosing to a student artifact while discussing with their colleagues the evidence of learning and development that they saw and didn’t see in the student product. With the exception of the Professional and Personal Development rubric, all of the rubrics applied were AAC&U VALUE rubrics, used by colleges and universities across the country.
After lunch, participants attended division/department/area meetings where the conversation focused on how this work can be continued at the discipline or area level.
MCC’s ISLOs and corresponding rubrics were developed with the guidance of The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) LEAP VALUE rubrics. For AAC&U’s LEAP VALUE Rubrics, you may click here.
Reprinted [or Excerpted] with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.