iTeachSMART is a campus committee focused on assessment of student learning outcomes (SLOs) at the course, program, and institutional levels. The iTeachSMART team helps academic divisions, departments, and faculty define SLOs that are suitable, measurable, and broad enough to cover lifelong impact. The team also assists with creating or obtaining assessment instruments to measure the students’ achievement of the outcomes, and to then use the resulting data to develop and implement a plan for improving student success.
Five institutional (general education) outcomes for the college have been identified:
- Critical and Creative Thinking
- Information Literacy
- Quantitative Analysis
- Written and Oral Communication
- SMCC Experience*
Currently, iTeachSMART is focused on program review and course learning outcome assessment. Over the past few years, iTeach SMART has assisted faculty in creating three-course learning outcomes for each course taught at the college. These are linked to SMCC’s institutional learning outcomes, and will also be linked to program learning outcomes developed by the District’s Guided Pathways mapping process.
The iTeachSMART team is faculty-driven and faculty-chaired and reports to the Vice President of Learning. However, the team invites active participation from all employee groups as well as student representatives.
* The “SMCC Experience” is focused on student life, success, engagement, well-being, and helping the student identify and achieve their personal, educational. and career goals. While the SMCC Experience includes academics, its achievement extends to every aspect of the institution – from the grounds and learning environment, the student encounters when they first step foot on campus to the graduation ceremony.