Rank and Tenure Course #4

Rank and Tenure 4


Do you want to get the best out of your students and their understanding of your content area? There is an urgent need to lift students out of cycles of underachievement. For better or for worse, assessment is one of the tools to gauge our learners understanding, so that you can better progress their learning. In this course, we will focus on how to align our ideology of teaching to engagement strategies and techniques, and the assessments used to measure understanding. Youll discover how you can create a classroom culture that allows difficult ideas to surface, revealing student misconceptions and misunderstandings allowing you to tailor your teaching to your students needs. You will also learn the key principles of creating and evaluating valid assessments for learning. Finally, we will explore ways to analyze the assessment data to further improve and enhance our teaching.  

Participant Learning Outcomes (PLO):

  1. Describe a learning-centered culture and how it lays a foundation for assessment and success.
  2. Understand the role of assessment and how to select the right methods for your course.
  3. Design assessments which are constructively aligned (teaching style, pedagogy, content, and level) with the course objectives and activities.
  4. Annalyze and draw conclusions  about assessment results, assess the quality of the assessment and make decisions about student learning.
  5. Identify different types of assessments to use in the classroom, including: Formative, summative, alternative, multiple choice, long/short answer, to name a few.
  6. Identify the role of rubrics and how they can help in providing feedback.
  7. Create a SoTL project in one of your current courses to identify


Tenative: Please review email/Blackboard for any changes.

      Understanding assessment and laying a foundation for assessment success (PLO1)
      Beginning with a dialogue about teaching and learning (PLO1 and 2)
      Learning goals and curriculum design (PLO3)
      Learning-centered instruction and assessment (PLO3)
      Assessment informed instruction (PLO4)
      Your Assessment Toolbox I (PLO5)

Your Assessment Toolbox II (PLO6)

  no class; time to work on SoTL project    
  no class; time to work on SoTL project    
  no class; time to work on SoTL project    

SoTL presentations time (depends on # of participants) 


Professional Learning Points:

The Rank and Tenure courses do not count towards the Professional Learning points or stipend.


There will be homework along the way.
Homework can include, but is not limited to:

  • Readings 
    • Journal Articles, Blackboard content postings, other
    • There is no book to buy; everything will be available on Blackboard.
  • Course research
  • Blackboard Discussions

The overall assessment of the course is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project with a presentation on TBA.


Presented by:

Dr. Lori Petty- Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

To register for a CTL class please complete this Google Form

If you have any questions please email ctl@actx.edu or call 371-5920.


Contact Us

Washington Street Campus, Ware Student Commons, Suite 205
2201 S. Washington St
Amarillo, TX 79109

Student Help/Underground Contact Information:

Phone: (806) 371-5429

Email: ctlstudenthelp@actx.edu

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