FACT Update on General Assessments

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The FACT team is hard at work piloting the General Education Assessment plan.  Faculty may remember that we are shifting the historic SLOA assessments to an assessment of General Education outcomes in each class that claims them.

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During summer of 2016 a team of faculty met regularly to select the best tool to collect our new general education assessment outcome data.  After reviewing five vendors, the team decided that the tool we already know, Canvas, is the best one. This ended the research phase, and moved us into the pilot phase of this project.

Fall quarter the FACT team worked to lay the foundation, in Canvas, for the assessment protocol. And this quarter (Winter 2017) faculty representatives of FACT and other allies (want to be one? contact Caroline Leffall) are working to pilot the process in their classes. The team is working on a common rubric for faculty to use, as well as protocols for implementing other rubrics, and welcomes input on the rubric drafts. The team is also working to create instructions for faculty for how to use Canvas for this purpose.

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Faculty Assessment Coordinating Team (FACT)

The plan is to do a larger ramp-up/pilot in the Spring, and implement this process campus wide in Fall 2017.  If you have questions, please direct them to the FACT chair Caroline Leffall.


Fulbright Scholar to Visit Bellevue College 2017-18

James Riggall from Tasmania, Australia is an expert on Human/Computer Interaction, virtual and augmented reality, entrepreneurship and makerspace.  As a Fulbright Scholar, James will visit Bellevue College for the Fall and Winter quarters of the 2017-18 school year. 

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James Rigall Fulbright Scholar

Among other things he will teach in the Institute for Business and Information Technology (iBIT), guest lecture in Communication Studies, work with the faculty and staff in the Library Media Center and RISE Learning Institute to help build the Collaboratory and future makerspace, and collaborate with the Pacific Science Center in Seattle and the Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery in Tasmania to create a joint exhibit where museum goers in each location can share a virtual reality experience. He also will work with the Bellevue Boys and Girls club, TESLA high school in Redmond and the Rainer Scholars.

The Office of Instruction thanks the following key players for their efforts in this project:

  • Bruce Wolcott, Adjunct Instructor, Arts & Humanities, Communication Studies
  • Brandon Lueken, Grants Coordinator, Effectiveness & Strategic Planning
  • Michael Reese, Director, RISE
  • Vivienne McClendon, Dean, Library Media Center
  • Gita Bangera, Dean, RISE and Interim Vice President, Instruction
  • Rebecca Cory, Associate Dean, Instruction

Others assisted and supported the project:

  • Jody Laflen, Dean, iBIT
  • Maggie Harada, Dean, Arts and Humanities
  • Katherine Oleson, Faculty and Program Chair, Communication Studies