Submit a Proposal for the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference!

Assessment, Teaching, and Learning SBCTC LogoThis year’s Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference, hosted by SBCTC, will be held at the Vancouver Convention Center at the Hilton in Vancouver, WA.  Peter Elbow will deliver the keynote address on the faculty role in competency based approaches to education titled, “Trying to Teach While Thinking About the End.”

Please consider submitting a proposal for a concurrent session.  For proposal criteria, a submission form, and strand descriptions (also included below), please visit the conference web page.

The submission deadline is January 27th, 2014.  Questions?  Please contact Jennifer Whetham at

There are six conference strands:

  1. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  2. Institutional Assessment Informing Practice
  3. eLearning and Instructional Technologies
  4. College Readiness/Developmental Education
  5. Educating Global Citizens in a Diverse World
  6. Students’ Experiences of Learning

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is a “systematic and thoughtful investigation of student learning for purposes of improving practice and student success,” with a major focus on making results public (like other scholarship) in order for others to critique and build upon. This scholarship includes approaches to classroom assessment, as in many respects it mirrors the way quality assessment work is seen as the critical link, or “zipper,” to use Pat Cross’ metaphor, connecting teaching and deep learning. Topics might include:

  • Increasing student engagement in their own learning
  • Translating research on how people learn into instructional practice
  • Sharing research projects in process with emphasis on methodology of defining a question, gathering evidence and drawing conclusions from the evidence
  • Investigating the impact of new approaches to teaching and learning
  • Describing specific methodologies being used to collect evidence of student learning
  • Gathering and discussing actual student work as a basis for determining successful outcomes
  • Developing “rubrics” to assess various student learning outcomes
  • Constructing evidence to convince others that “deep learning” is being achieved
  • Using case studies and/or problem-based learning to develop critical thinking and inquiry skills
  • Creating Career Development Partnerships
  • Fostering Independent Learning

Institutional Assessment Informing Practice

Classroom assessment and scholarship is critical, but wider issues of student learning and ongoing institutional improvement are also critical, and in some ways even more challenging, given the collective responsibility and collaboration required. This thread focuses on those larger issues; topics might include:

  • Connecting assessment inquiries with meaningful changes in institutional practice
  • Using alternative assessments to support the learning styles of diverse student populations
  • Engaging a broad range of faculty (both full- and part-time) in the collective work needed to address college-wide outcomes
  • Designing effective plans for assessing learning at a program level or in an academic major
  • Using various self-assessment strategies to foster student reflection, explore perspectives on college-wide outcomes, and “make learning visible”
  • Incorporating meaningful assessment work into ongoing accreditation efforts
  •  Developing collaborations that provide relevant learning experiences (e.g., with employers, cross-discipline, learning communities, etc.)
  • Collaborating with college researchers to provide and use data that affects change
  • Innovative assessment that transforms curriculum
  • Student/faculty collaborations in course/program assessment
  • Developing assessment strategies/models for learning communities/group work
  • Assessing the First Year-Experience
  • Assessing global competencies across both academic and professional technical program

eLearning and Instructional Technologies

More students are taking courses via the Internet, using on-line learning technologies in traditional classes, and using new technologies like blogs, podcasts, and others in their lives.  This thread seeks to provide educators with information & practical strategies about using e-learning tools and new technologies, to address student and faculty learning.  Topics might include:

  • Exploring ways to blend e-learning technologies that addresses specific learning needs
  • Strategies for incorporating techniques for auditory, reflective, visual, and hands-on learners
  • Developing blended/hybrid learning environments
  • Building “Community” in the online or video conference classroom
  • Using instructional technologies like blogging, online narratives and journals, wikiwebs, podcasting, video streaming, etc. to enhance student learning
  • Using course management systems to create your own distance learning classroom
  • Planning and packaging course content to support sharing and reusing
  • Planning the policies and procedures for use of large scale content management systems
  • Research on the needs and satisfaction of distance learning students

College Readiness/Developmental Education

The first part of the National Association for Developmental Education’s motto is “Helping underprepared students prepare…” This thread will address college curriculum and programs that support the academic and personal growth of both traditional and untraditional students through teaching, counseling, advising and tutoring. Topics might include:

  • Integrating college- and pre-college level courses/curriculum
  •  Creating connections between classroom work, outside learning opportunities and real life issues
  •  Developing models that partner campus courses/programs/services to support student learning
  • Successful models to move students into college-level academic and work preparation programs
  •  Best Practices in learning assistance
  • Intervention strategies that provide effective student support
  • Models that partner student services and faculty to support student learning
  • Using the Internet for academic & career advising
  • Developing placement and assessment tools that reflect the many ways people learn and convey that learning
  • Developing effective tutoring practices/programs/resources that address student retention
  • Integrating technology into student and learning support services
  • Developing Learning Outcomes for Student Services

Educating Global Citizens in a Diverse World

“As our world grows more complex the leadership challenges will likely increase in complexity also. As our society grows more interdependent the dilemmas associated with cultural differences will require resolution more often. As our world becomes more crowded the challenge of equity and justice will become more important. How we lead will determine our collective future.”

Karim, A. (2004). Inclusive Leadership: Bridging Culture & Context

This thread may include topics such as:

  • Designing instruction for the diverse classroom
  • Facilitating cross-cultural conversations
  • Promising practices in culture-specific methods of delivery
  • Self-awareness: identifying our multiple cultures and world views
  • Cultural literacy as a global outcome

Students’ Experiences of Learning

Proposals in this area will feature learning experiences as seen through the eyes of students. Proposals are encouraged to feature connections between students’ experience and the instructional, student services, institutional and/or system-wide practices that make quality learning accessible. Possible topics might be:

  • Models for effective student-teacher partnerships
  • Students helping students—peer tutoring, mentoring and advocacy
  •  Student involvement in planning, implementing and evaluating college programs
  • Creating student portfolios/evidence of learning
  • Student-directed learning projects
  • Partnering students with college academic and other college support services
  • Including student voices in continuous institutional improvement
  • Student experiences in “connecting” with the college
  • Powerful learning experiences/moments

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