August 6, 2018

Episode 001 – Building Community, Then and Now

Episode Summary

 

Welcome to the first episode of the Assessment Matters Podcast! This episode is about the (r)Evolution of the SBCTC Assessment, Teaching, and Learning department as we build and organize a state-wide community of educators — then and now– through effective communication. Hosted by Jen Whetham and Bill Moore, this podcast aims to provide meaningful content to the faculty members of the 34 community and technical colleges in Washington State. Listen as Jen and Bill give us a brief background on this show — the history that inspired it and why a podcast is perfectly suited to help us achieve our goals of bringing faculty together through 21st century genres of communication.

Show Notes

Quote from “Assessment as Transformation”: A transcript of a speech delivered by Lee Knefelkamp to the American Association for Higher Education Fourth National Conference on Assessment in Higher Education June 21-24, 1989.

 

  • 00:00 – Introduction to the (r) Evolution
  • 01:07 – Today is about building community — then and now.
  • 01:40 – This podcast is intended for all the faculty members of the 34 community and technical colleges in Washington State
  • 02:00 – Bill shares the historical context of this community
    • Focusing on assessment and learning issues
    • The dark ages of 1990 without technology
    • Communications with the faculty
    • Jen’s goal to renew and reinvigorate communications with faculty as she came in
    • From blogging to podcasting
  • 04:50 – The best medium to reach you — podcasting!
  • 05:40 – Working on the project, Big Ideas
    • What are the 3 t0 4 things you really want students to know and be able to do 5 to 10 years from now?
  • 06:30 – Jen’s unexpected learning curve
    • Overcoming blocks
    • Using new tools
    • Sense making for 4 years in the organization
  • 09:00 – Jen’s realization she didn’t really know anything about professional development
    • Jen’s “making sense” (borrowing a term from Adrianna Kezar)
    • Now she can provide “sensegiving” opportunities through the blog and podcast
    • We encourage you to reach out to us: https://assessmentmatters.org
  • 11:45 – The foundation back then and in the future
    • Bill’s original role outcomes assessment in research
    • The key shift in assessment, teaching, and learning
    • The true line of work is Building Community
  • 14:36 – The key influence on Bill’s work — Parker Palmer
    • Assessment work as a movement
    • Community organizing methods
    • Starting the network as a reaction of an event
  • 16:50 – It’s all about community building
  • 18:20 – How to reach out to broader range of people
  • 19:10 – Check out the article, Divided No More, a movement about educational reform
  • 20:01 – Doing the work versus communicating about the work
  • 22:13 – Jen talks about a survey she did in November
  • 24:15 – Thank you for listening!

Mentioned Resources

  1. Understanding Sensegiving/Sensemaking in Transformational Change Processes from the Bottom Up“: An article by Adriana Kezar in Higher Education, Vol. 65, No. 6 (June 2013), pp. 761-780.
  2. Divided No More: An article by Parker Palmer about taking a “movement approach” to educational reform.
  3. Assessment as Transformation”: Transcript of a speech delivered by Lee Knefelkamp to the American Association for Higher Education Fourth National Conference on Assessment in Higher Education June 21-24, 1989.
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