Build Assessment Into Your Portfolio
Teaching, Scholarship, Service
Assessment should be featured in your portfolio. It correctly belongs in any of your three areas of professional responsibility:
Assessment of status (how things are at a particular point), learning (changes in knowledge, attitudes, or skills), motivation, effectiveness of processes, your students' work (papers, carvings, dance performances, research reports), compliance with reading assignments, or any other outcome could and should be included in your teaching portfolio. You may be conducting these assessments to monitor students' learning, to fine-tune your teaching, to determine the effectiveness of your communication with students or of students' collaborations, to give students feedback, or to determine grades. You are already halfway there with the work that you do routinely. Planning and analysis will take you the rest of the way.
Scholarly work in assessment could include, but is not limited to the development and norming of instruments, research on the measurement of affective variables, constructs, products, and performances, cases that describe qualitative assessments, and applications of assessments to novel situations. Scholarly assessment work would ideally address the validity of the measures and the reliability of their results.
There are many ways that you can serve assessment needs of the college community. You could
- Serve on your program/minor/ assessment committee;
- Serve on the college-wide assessment committee;
- Serve on the assessment committee for the Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO);
- Contribute to Evidence;
- Share instruments that you have developed for use in your work with other faculty and programs;
- Propose an assessment teaching-circle;
- Propose assessment workshops for the Institute for Faculty Development.