Staying On Course Through Student Self Assessment

We all know the value of feedback and assessment; it’s part of the job as an instructor, even if it’s not our favorite part of the job. There are many creative approaches to meaningful assessment in any class, but a tried and true favorite of mine has always been student self-assessment. Being able to recognize one’s own strengths and weaknesses is a core value and important employability skill (360 degree feedback, anyone?) Nicely timed, it’s also closely related to Downing’s On Course principles, giving many of my in-class self-assessments a much-needed facelift. Continue reading

Early On – Engagement and Empowerment

We know that our students are academically successful when they feel engaged on a personal level with their instructors and in a broad sense, the college as a whole. It only makes sense given that new students often feel “lost” in the institution. College has a new set of expectations, much different from high school. Unfortunately students may not be fully prepared for this transition. 

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