In an effort to improve the quality of programming we
provide to our students, Rock Valley College has been increasing the depth of
our conversations regarding assessment.
One of the ways in which these conversations occur are at the monthly
Twice a month, the Director of Outcomes Assessment and
Institutional Research host Assessment Workshops for Career and Technical
Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
At these workshops, faculty members collaborate on the best practices in
assessing outcomes at both the program and course level.
While some assessment practices such as traditional exams
and papers continue to stand the test of time, these assessment workshops also
serve as a forum for faculty to discuss other opportunities for assessment such
as portfolio-based grading, collaborative group projects, and other unique
opportunities for authentic assessment.
Unlike usual committee meetings, these workshops aim to be
hands-on opportunities for faculty members to work together to create and
utilize high impact practices to capture the holistic nature of the learning
taking place all over campus.
Moving forward, RVC hopes to expand these workshop to
co-curricular areas of campus, aiming to honor the learning that occurs not
just in the classroom but also in student services, through campus program
offerings, and across campus at large.
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On one of the last warm days of the fall, a group of students from Rockford East High School’s EMITT (Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial Technology and Trades) Academy visited Rock Valley College to get a look at a unique construction project, and to get a little hand’s on experience.
RVC is in the midst of renovations to one of its original classroom buildings (CL-I), and the college’s Assistant Professor of Building Construction Technology Dan Bawinkel gave them a behind the scenes tour.
“The tour of that building was a pretty rare opportunity to see something built as uniquely as that classroom building. It was built in the 1960s and it’s a cast-in place building,” Bawinkel said.