Professional Development

Upcoming Fall 2015 workshops

In Spring of 2015, the Professional Development Committee sent targeted surveys to Faculty and Staff. Question asked:   What SLO and ASSESSMENT topics   would be of interest to you for professional   development opportunities?

The most requested topics were:

  • Effectively using different types of assessments, e.g. embedded assignments, pre/post tests, portfolios, surveys, and using rubrics
  • Measuring the affective outcomes and what to learn from it
  • Portfolios—assessment that is good for the student!   
  • How to leverage technology to assess student outcomes

In response to these requests the following workshops for Fall 2015 are being designed:

Data Analysis Series

Interpreting disaggregated data - How to understand it and what to do about it.

 For the first time, many units will be looking at disaggregated assessment data with an eye toward analyzing achievement gaps across different student groups. In this workshop, CCSF Research Analyst Dr. Laura Lara-Brady will discuss current data collected on how our students, especially under-prepared students, perform at CCSF and offer suggestions for how to interpret the data collected last Spring semester. Topics will include:

How do I interpret disaggregated assessment data?

Do I have enough data to form valid conclusions?

What are some of the various methods for detecting achievement gaps?

What are proven support strategies (improvements) at CCSF that boost student success?

Workshop offered three times this semester on:

Tuesday, September 22: 4-5 PM,

Monday October 5: 1-2:30

Wednesday October 14: 3-4:30


Boosting Outcomes: Assessment Tool Series

Using various assessment tools, including  surveys, focus groups, and rubrics to richly improve student interaction.

"Using Student Voices: How focus groups, interviews, and student surveys can help you close the loop" on  Tuesday September 15 from 4-5:30 pm

"Using Rubrics to Teach and Assess" on  Thursday October 22 from 3:00-4:30 pm

"The RP Group's "Student Success Factors": Learn Research-based Strategies for Improving Student Outcomes" on  Tuesday November 10 from 4-5:30 pm

"Using Rubrics to Teach and Assess" on  Thursday November 19 from 4-5:30 pm


Technology Workshops

Student ePortofolios Using LiveText

The Culinary Department has led the charge on student ePortfolios and assessment. Come learn how your department can create both a rich assessment tool and a valuable resource for students.

Monday September 28 from 2:30-4 pm

and repeated on 

Wednesday October 21st from 2:30-4 pm 


Classroom Assessment Techniques to Improve Student Outcomes

Still being scheduled

Recent Spring 2015 Workshops

"Disaggregating Made Easy : Examview (and other possibilities)"

Click on link above to view presentational material for ExamView

Held on April 16, from 2-4 in MUB 388.

You filled out that professional development survey and we listened! Join fellow faculty members as they share how technology has eased evaluation of student learning outcomes and improved outcome attainment.  Chemistry Chair Roger King will demonstrate ExamView, which is a test writing and scoring program that easily produces disaggregated student results. With ExamView it is a simple task to link regular classroom exams, quizzes, lab report, etc to specific SLOs, and summarize individual student results at the end of the semester.

Also, iClickers are used by faculty for both formative and summative assessment of student learning. Wanna see if the students are on track? Want to easily assess an outcomes without scantrons and battles with broken copiers? Sheri Miraglia, from Biology, will share her experiences using iClickers, both the device and app. Find out how you can check out iClickers for your classroom and use them effectively.

Finally, all faculty can enhance teaching and learning and ease assessment reporting burdens by using key components of Insight. Ed Tech Chair Cynthia Dewar will demonstrate the possibilities.  

FORUM: SLO Assessment Activities & New ACCJC Standards!

Click above to see presentational materials. 

Held on April 17th from 3-5 in MUB 140.

Not sure what’s going on? Asking yourself, “When and where do I report data for my CRNs, Courses, Programs, and Service Units?”  

Thinking, “I heard I have to enter data for every student, but I don’t understand how that’s done?”  

If you are confused, it’s completely understandable. The Standards concerning assessment have many moving parts. Join the Accreditation Steering Committee  for a forum on SLOs and the 2014 ACCJC Accreditation Standards. The focus will be primarily on the requirement for disaggregated student outcome data but will cover the following:

1.       Why new ACCJC Standards require student level data

2.       The kinds of analysis and details are needed for course/program/unit improvements.

3.       Timeline, deadlines, and requirements over the next three semesters

4.       Where to locate resources so you can successfully navigate CurricUNET (scheduled to go live for assessment reporting on April 15th).

Bring your questions to the forum. There will be lots of time for Q & A.

 Past Workshops

Work shops  sessions:

SLO BASICS: This SHORT COURSE teaches effective design of SLOs & PSLOs, how to assess, and use data to make meaningful change and report results by the next deadline. 

Presentation Materials



Ongoing Drop-In Help Labs

For CurricUNET

Seek guidance on:

  • SLOs -- refining them, assessing them, analyzing data, considering course or program improvements, and reporting those both in the Aug 31/Jan 31 reports as well as in the annual program review documents. 
  • Program Review -- Linking SLOs to program impacts, resource requests, and improvements
  • Course Outlines -- Updating them to ensure currency, and getting them through the Curriculum Committee
  • Department/Program web pages -- Updating them to ensure currency and making them usable by your faculty, staff, and students


Notable Presentations and Readings


Cox, Rebecca. "It Was Just that I Was Afriad": Promoting Succees by Addressing Students' Fear of Failure. Community College Review (2009) 52-80

Diego Navarro's presentation at Strengthening Student Success Conference. Measuring the Affective Domain, Oct 10, 2014.

Student Service Assessment: Why Student Surveys are Not Enough

Daniel Fusch, Director of Publications & Research June 14, 2013



Future suggestions for brown bags or workshops

  • Making Assessments Authentic -- bring your assessments and work with others to refine and improve them, so they can provide more useful data in a sustainable way with existing resources
  • Developing Video resources -- a review of a variety of video-making tools available for developing additional resources for training, classroom, and more. Tools reviewed will include Jing, Camtasia Studio, YouTube, PowerPoint and more
  • A survey of survey tools -- what's out there? -- A review of tools such as Google Forms, Moodle, Turnitin, Survey Monkey, Scantrons,, and more
  • Using Standardized Forms to Communicate Results -- a review of online CCSF forms and department-specific and customized forms used across the college to aid coordination
  • Making Outcomes Valuable Workshop -- bring your outcomes and work with others to refine and improve them, so they can better guide your service, course, or program
  • Coordinating course SLOs across multiple instructors
  • Assessing Programs -- take II -- what we can learn from CTE departments