The Office of Academic Development in the Center for Teaching and Learning provides resources and offers professional development to support assessment activities across the college. The Office of Academic Development assists in the creation of rubrics and in the analysis of assessment data, and generates reports for faculty on assessment results. The Office of Academic Development also collects action plans that are housed in the Curriculum Warehouse.
Tools and Handbooks
All official course syllabi are housed in the College’s Curriculum Warehouse. Created in 2004 to provide a central digital repository for official course syllabi, the Curriculum Warehouse is consistently updated to reflect the most recent curriculum changes.
Macomb’s faculty review official course syllabi. During the biennial Syllabus Review Year course outcomes and objectives, as well as relevant Common Degree Outcomes, are reviewed and updated if needed, and course assessment strategies identified. In order to support syllabus review, a Syllabus Review Process Guide was created and is distributed to faculty at institution-wide professional and curriculum development days. The Syllabus Review Process Guide provides faculty with an overview of the process, a tutorial on how to write effective learning outcomes and objectives, a sample syllabus, a list of Macomb’s Common Degree Outcomes, and specific information on syllabus changes that require Curriculum Committee approval.
Using the official course syllabus, faculty members conduct periodic course assessment. The history of assessment for each course and program is available to all faculty on the Curriculum Warehouse. To support the assessment process at the course and program level, assessment workbooks were created and distributed to faculty. These assessment workbooks present the assessment cycle graphically and provide explanations, examples, and exercises for each phase of the cycle.
The Syllabus Review Process Guide and the Assessment Workbooks have been widely adopted by Macomb’s faculty.
Workshops and Professional Development Series
Macomb’s Center for Teaching and Learning offers professional development to the faculty to support all aspects of teaching and learning, including assessment of student learning outcomes. All professional development services are available to faculty as one-on-one consultations, departmental workshops, or college-wide workshops. The following are just a few examples of our professional development offerings to faculty.
Course Design: A Hands-on Approach
You are an expert in your field. You know the intricacies of your discipline and how to communicate your disciplinary knowledge and experience to students. But like many professors, you may have lingering questions about course design. In this workshop we’ll work through tried-and true principles of course design, generate course content maps, and draft course-wide assignments and rubrics. You’ll walk out with a robust plan for a new or redesigned course! This workshop is designed for faculty (usually full-time) who are responsible to design and/or redesign courses in their department.
Assignments, Assessments, Rubrics and Bloom
What we measure communicates what we value. What messages do your assignments and assessments communicate to students about the skills that are valued in your discipline? We’ll tackle this question and more in this new workshop focused on assignment and assessment design, writing strong multiple choice test items and essay questions, and tying everything to your course outcomes. Along the way we’ll draft rubrics for assignments and use Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives as a catalyst for assignment design and exam creation.
Fearless Course Assessment
Are you looking for ways to measure student learning across courses over the span of a semester? Are you interested in using tools that go beyond pre- and post-testing? We’ve got great news! There are many ways to assess student learning of course outcomes, including collecting student artifacts and using common rubrics. Please plan to join us to explore a variety of authentic assessments you can use to gather information on student learning. We’ll look into types of assessments and rubrics, the number of students and courses to select for assessment purposes, and identify the types of resources the Office of Academic Development has to support your assessment projects. We'll also let you know when your courses were last assessed and help you prepare an assessment plan—the first step in the process. This workshop is designed for faculty (usually full-time) who are responsible for course assessment across all sections.
Program Assessment: Writing Program Outcomes
Are you looking to rewrite, revise, or update the outcomes for your program? Are you interested in starting the assessment process, but are unsure of where to begin?
Whether you are looking for basic information about program assessment, want to get started with the process, or just simply need to revisit and revise your program outcomes, these drop in sessions are available to all faculty as a resource.
Program Assessment: Video Tutorial Series
The video tutorials in this program assessment series provide faculty with an overview of the assessment process used at Macomb Community College and include topics such as, developing program outcomes, curriculum mapping, collecting and examining assessment artifacts, determining and implementing a student learning improvement strategy as well as how to find a program summary sheet for assessment and how to complete an assessment action plan form. The video tutorials will be housed in the Curriculum Warehouse.
Macomb’s Standing Committees, Ad Hoc committees, and advisory boards provide assessment support and resources to the college. Please see examples below.
- Curriculum Committee (standing committee comprised of faculty and administrators)
- Assessment Committee (a sub-committee of the Curriculum Committee comprised of faculty and administrators)
- Advisory Boards in Career areas such as Marketing provide insight and guidance on program outcomes