Carteret Community College Title III Grant

March 18, 2011

NC3ADL Sp11 – Assessing Distance Learning

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donald Staub @ 8:01 am

click on photo to download pdf of ppt

Here is a copy of Don’s presentation on Assessing Distance Learning.
You will see in the presentation that there are two areas of focus:
1. Assessing the DL Program broadly
2. Assessing Distance Learning courses

If you want to download any of the materials that were discussed in the presentation, Click Here.


February 23, 2011

NACADA Advising Assessment Institute

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donald Staub @ 7:21 am

I’m participating in the NACADA Advising Assessment Institute this week in Clearwater, FL. I’m a first-timer, so both anxious and excited. Looking forward to an intense couple of days of learning (with some sharing). If you’re interested in the conference home page, click here…or in the agenda, click here.

Just to get us started, the main questions that I come with are:
* how does assessing advising differ from other services we assess?
* what are effective, multiple-perspective (relatively resource-friendly…as opposed to resource-intensive) assessment tools/processes that will get us to where we need?
* AND, here’s my soap box…relevant to the needs of community colleges [is it just me, or does it seem that the more conferences I attend, the less it seems that I hear about community colleges…is it that fewer of us are showing up due to travel restrictions, and thus less emphasis by the organizers?]

Stay tuned as I check in to report and comment on my learning outcomes(!).

April 11, 2010

Atlantic Assessment Conference – 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donald Staub @ 2:59 pm

[sorry…this posting is still under construction…taking me a lot longer to complete it than I thought]

You may know the Atlantic Assessment Conference in its earlier form: The NCSU Undergraduate Assessment Symposium. The program announces that some things are the same, and some are different. I’ve been here twice before, and believe that it’s a very good conference in terms of content (learnings) and networking.  I’m looking forward to this year’s model to experience the same (hopefully) and the new.

The first thing I did was attend the pre-conference workshop (Sunday 4/11 – 9:00-12:00): The Use of Rubrics for Assessment, Grading, and Encouraging Student Learning, presented by Mary Allen of Cal State-Bakersfield.  (see my notes below)

Next up was the lunchtime keynote by Randy Swing. He talked about about the role of assessment officers as “choice architects” and “nudging” people for positive change. (see my notes below)

The first afternoon concurrent session was given by Keston Fulcher and Chris Orem of James Madison University.  They talked about assessing their assessment plans using a rubric they had developed. (see my notes below)

At 5:00, I gave my presentation on assessing Distance Learning, so I skipped the second concurrent session to do some final tweaking.

On Monday (4/12/10), Mary Allen (the workshop presenter) gave a plenary session on the “Infrastructure for Sustainable Assessment.” She talked about many institutions paying lip service to the notion of continuous assessment cycles, but what she has found is that “assessment efforts wax and wane with the accreditation cycle.”  Her thoughts on actually making continuous are discussed below.

The first concurrent session of the day was Assessing Information Literacy. It was offered by Scott Heinerichs & Loretta Rieser‐Danner of  West Chester University (PA).  They explained their development of an Information Literacy rubric, and how they were applying it at their school (see my notes below).

The next breakout I attended was Making Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment a Part of the Culture, presented by Roger Werbylo, & Shelly Dorsey of Pima Community College (Tuscon, AZ).  With 60,000 students, they have quite a few faculty on 5 campuses that need to learn about outcomes assessment, and do it.  They talked about their approach to broad and deep professional development.

The final session of the day was a 1.5 hour discussion of the VALUE rubric project through the AACU.  The presenter was Terrel Rhodes of AACU. The conversation focused on the process of developing the VALUE rubrics, and included a brief exercise where participants applied one of the rubrics to a writing.

So, here are my notes on each of these sessions…

Sunday April 11

Workshop – The Use of Rubrics for Assessment, Grading, and Encouraging Student Learning – Mary Allen / Cal State-Bakersfield (click here to read her profile)

This turned out to be a good, fast-paced session.  We talked about technical items (norm-referenced v. criterion-referenced rubrics…the latter is the way we should be going), point scales in rubrics (Mary advocates for the 4-point scale), ways of developing rubrics and ways to ensure greater inter-rater reliability.

Lunchtime Keynote

Randy Swing (of the Association of Institutional Research).  Randy’s talk was entitled: Assessment Officers as Agents of Change.  He framed his talk around making sure that we are indeed providing value ($) to the students and the instructors.  He mentioned the ASK (Assessment Skills and Knowledge) Standards developed by ACPA and endorsed by assessment experts on staff at the Association of American College and Universities, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  [btw, there’s a three day conference around the issue of assessment in student affairs this June in Charlotte, NC]

In the afternoon, the first concurrent (2:30-3:30)session I’ll be attending is: (CS1) Assessing the Assessment: Communicating Expectations for Academic Programs Keston Fulcher & Chris Orem.

Notes from the Rubrics Workshop

April 8, 2010

Pre-Ah Hill – CCC Staff Person of the Year!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donald Staub @ 2:43 pm

image from the CCC website

Congratulations to CCC staff person of the year (2009-2010): Pre-Ah Hill!!

This only confirms what we’ve all known for some time: That Pre-Ah loves her job, and everyone loves the job that Pre-Ah does.

Pre-Ah is the Title III Instructional Technologist, working with faculty on any issue related to making their DL courses better learning environments for their students.

We are very lucky to have her.

January 14, 2010

Early Alert … End-of-Fall 09 report

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donald Staub @ 2:37 pm

We’ve published an end-of-term report for our first semester pilot of the Early Alert system.  Click here, or on the image above to access the blog page and the report.  (or follow the pages over on the right side of this page).

April 3, 2008

Online Tutoring at Carteret CC

Filed under: Uncategorized — Don Staub @ 9:48 am



We’re blazing into a new realm of student support here at CCC. The power of distance learning at our College is dramatic, and undeniable. As our DL program turns 10 this semester, we have reached some dramatic milestones:
* 169 online (web-based, hybrid, and full) courses are being taught this semester;
* 72% of students enrolled this semester are taking at least one online course;
* 47% of courses offered are being taught online

With this backdrop, it is critical to understand that we MUST provide all of our support services online. We currently have advising online and we have recently implemented an online tutoring service. After reviewing the field of proprietary online tutoring services, we determined that, at this time, it may be more cost-effective (and more effective overall) to develop our own in-house tutoring service.

The service is in its infancy as we continue to learn what does and does not work, but in the meantime, we continue to move forward with this exciting initiative. By the way, we could not be offering this service without the leadership of Patrick Keough, our DL Director, and the technical expertise of Pre-Ah Hill and Lisa Taylor.

In an effort to take a barometer reading of how we’re doing, we’re not only looking in-house for results, but we’re taking our story on the road and asking other community colleges around North Carolina if/how they are approaching online tutoring. Today (April 3, 2008) we are at the NC Tutoring & Learning Association’s annual meeting, presenting our description of our program, AND, more importantly, taking the pulse of other online programs, and swapping ideas. Our powerpoint can be viewed by clicking on the image at the top of this post.

February 8, 2008

Title III funds Citrix Server (…and what is a Citrix Server?)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Don Staub @ 3:49 pm

Mary Walton, Business Technologies Division Director here at Carteret, has written the following piece about the Citrix server, technology we would not have otherwise been able to afford without the support of Title III. The Citrix server is another critical piece in our infrastructure that allows us to provide a higher level of support services to our students.

Mary writes:

We have a new service that we are providing our students who take computer applications courses. Students are now able to access software that they need for courses from anywhere by remotely logging on to a new server that we have. If you hear students referring to the Citrix server, this is what they are raving about.

This service has long been a vision of our wonderful IT Director, Ken Martin. Thanks to funds from the Title III grant, we are finally able to carry out his vision.

We have been providing the same service via Terminal Services on an OLD server that, quite frankly, I’m quite impressed that Ken could even keep alive. Because of that server’s limitations, we had to be extremely selective in the software we chose to offer students. It was also not as stable and we had to limit which classes we gave access to. This new Citrix server is so much more stable and user friendly. Students are potentially saving $200+ per software application class by having this service. Before, they either came on campus to use the software or purchased the software they needed. This also means that the software can run on older machines… so if students computers aren’t capable of running the software… no big deal…they’re running through a browser to our server and it works great!

This semester, this server is serving students in 6 sections of CIS 110, 3 sections of WEB 140, CIS 165, WEB 111, CTS 130, OST 136, and OST 134. That’s a total of 193 students so far just this semester. (We still have students to register for 2nd 8 week courses and courses taught at Cape Lookout to be added to that final number).

I must say that Ken, Debbie and John go way above and beyond what other schools’ IT folks do in accommodating our students by providing tech support to go along with the service.

May 24, 2007

NISOD 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Don Staub @ 11:06 am

Sharon Mills, Fran Emory, and myself (Don Staub) are en route from Austin to New Bern (via Atlanta) as I write this. I’m taking this opportunity to recount my experiences at my first NISOD.

Overall, it was a great trip, and I’m thankful that Louise wrote this conference into the budget. There was a fantastic array of presentations on teaching, leadership, technology, use of data, etc… My goal was to try and attend as many sessions as possible on topics that related to Title III. Many of the sessions I participated in were related to the fostering of campus cultures in which collaborative conversations, with the effective use of data, become commonplace.

Fran and I participated in an interesting 3-hour workshop on Sunday that discussed assessment and the two primary ways to carry this out: Multiple Choice and Constructed Response. The presenter was from ETS, and there were useful conversations around both of these approaches. There was also a discussion of developing rubrics for constructed response assessments.

And, one of the best presentations I attended was given by Guilford Tech (had to come all the way to Austin to talk with people from up the road…isn’t that how it usually works). The presentation was entitled, “A Culture of Evidence” to Start Conversations about Student Engagement and Learning. They talked about data collection/analysis, and what it has done for student “success” at their school. We’ve already begun a dialogue about follow-up so that they can give us some more in-depth ideas on how they are implementing their process.

Fran and I also attended a luncheon hosted by SAS on their predictive analytics software. It all sounds very interesting, but again the issue of sustainability (i.e. long-term resources) weighs heavily on my mind.

I attended a few other sessions that related to the use of data for student success, strategic planning, accreditation, etc… These were all quite useful; particularly a session entitled “Strategic Metamorphosis: Transforming Community Colleges.” This session looked at aligning a number of IE initiatives and strategic planning.

One other session worth noting was an overview of the latest technology being utilized in online instruction. I learned about new stuff such as Yack Pack and Google Docs. You can check out the whole presentation by clicking here.

And, of course, Austin is a cool town. Lots of great music and cool architecture. There is also a fantastic, 10-mile greenway that follows the river that flows through town. Great for running, walking, bird watching, etc…

I am hoping that we can push for more of a Title III component next year. There were no specific T3 sessions (although plenty of Achieving the Dream sessions). I hope to present next year, or at least make sure that there are relevant sessions.

Next up, the Noel-Levitz Retention Conference in Orlando in July.

January 19, 2007

Learning Outcomes Powerpoint

Filed under: Uncategorized — Don Staub @ 6:12 pm

You can download Terri Manning’s Powerpoint Presentation by clicking HERE.Many of you may want refer to this as you move forward developing curriculum and course outcomes.

Patrick Keough

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