Teaching and Learning

Assessments, Taxonomies, Reflections, Research Projects, Writings & Conversations


Assessment Projects:

Assessment -- Student Evaluations:

Assessment Writings

Bloom's Taxonomy

Brain-Based Learning and creating optimal learning environments:


Cognitive Affective Research

Cognitive Affective Bibliography 2007


Conversation Among Science Faculty about their experiences in coordinated studies courses (Integrated Studies Planning Retreat, 9/05)
Summer Planning Retreat General Discussion 2005

Beginnings Faculty Retreat at Jim's House 2005

Critical Thinking:

Definition, proposed learning outcome, research
Classroom Learning and Wm. Perry's Four Stages of Learning


          Approaching Diversity through Learning Communities, Emily Decker Lardner (2003)

          Culturally Responsive Teaching (1)

         Culturally Responsive Teaching (2)

          Tatum, B.D. (1992). "Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom"  
          Harvard Education Review,  62.1.

          The Drama of Diversity and Democracy (AACU 1995)

Understanding the Concept of White Privilege

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)

Whiteness Reading List

Faculty Logs and Reflections:

April Huff (2005) - Reflections as a Science faculty teaching with a Humanities faculty
Diana Ma's reflections (2006)

Group Discussion Tips:

Stephen Brookfield: Discussion as a Way of Teaching (University of St. Thomas)

Interdisciplinary Learning - 2 year project with Project Zero and Wa Center   

        "Productive Shifts: Faculty Growth through Collaborative Assessment of Student Interdisciplinary Work, " 
           Veronica Boix-Mansilla, Harvard Graduate School of Education (2009)

Intellectual Standards and Multiple Intelligence

Universal Intellectual Standards
Howard Gardner and Multiple Intelligence

Learning Communities: Moving from Curriculum to Educational Reform (Malnarich and Larder)

Learning Communities and Student Learning
                     A New Era in Learning Communities Work: Why the Pedagogy of Intentional Integration Matters
                     Gillies Mallnarich and Emily Lardner (Change Magazine, July/August 2008)

Peer Review Writing Groups

          Email from Michael Kischner to Jim Harnish re peer writing group protocol


        Integrative Rubric from AAC&U Value Project        
       Washington State University's Critical and Integrative Thinking Rubric

        NSCC's General Education Rubric (Critical Thinking)
        NSCC's General Education Rubric (Groups)  Scoring Guide
        NSCC's General Education Rubric (Writing)
        NSCC's General Education Rubric (Diversity)
        NSCC's General Education Rubric (Information Literacy)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL):

Seminars, Seminar Assignments and Assessment

Seminar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Assessing Seminar Behavior
Assessing Seminar Behavior (Feito)

Alternative Seminar Process
to encourage participation and listening
Deborah Green and Margaret Scarborough's Seminar Assessment
Rationale for Seminars (Brookfield)

Suggestions for Unpacking Quotes (Jim Harnish)

"Seminars as Barn Raising"
-- Don McCormick and Michael Kahn
Seminars to Encourage Listening and Participation

Suggestions for Seminars (Jim Harnish)

Transcript of Jim Harnish's phone interview with Richard Gale's assistant (8/06)

What's in a Seminar? (Jim Harnish)

Seminar Handouts for New Faculty Orientation

Seminar Roles


--Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Develop:
-- Sustainable Development (pdf)
--Wikipedia entry on the Brundtland Commission (

-- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (about 4pp long)

-- Draft Declaration of Principles on Human Rights and the Environment, 1994 (about 5pp long)

-- Herschel Elliott and Richard Lamm, "A Moral Code for a Finite World" 2002 (about 3pp long)

-- The Earth Charter 2000 (about 5pp long)

-- Ibsen, Enemy of the People (Arthur Miller adaptation)


Small Group Discussion (Stephen Brookfield's material)

Nominating Questions
Small Group Discussion
Personal Engagement

Syllabus Information

          Financial Aid for NSCC Students

Teacher Evaluations

        Sample evaluation (Carol Hamilton and Jane Lister Reis' "Rememberings" course, winter 2009

Washington Center Assessment Project 2005-2007
        Veronica Boix Mansilla Protocol

Writing Support

Purkey Packet (sentence structure)


          Link to Jose Feito's article on "Not Knowing"/Abridged Version (Jim Harnish)

"Allowing Not Knowing in a Dialogic Discussion" --Jose Alfonso Feito, St. Mary's College, International Journal for the
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

"Assessing student work at disciplinary crossroads"
Veronica Boix Mansilla's 
(Change Magazine, Jan-Feb 2005)

"Building Learning Communities:
Early Results from the Opening Doors Demonstration at Kingsborough Community 
Dan Bloom and Colleen Sommo (2005), full report
"Counting and Recounting: Assessment and the Quest for Accountability," Lee Shulman, Change Magazine, 2007.
"Integrative Learning Nationwide: Emerging Themes and Practices,"
Deborah DeZure, director of faculty and organizational development, Michigan State University, and senior fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities; Marcia Babb, program associate, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and Stephanie Waldmann, secretary of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Peer Review, summer/fall 2005)
"Integrative Learning: Mapping the Terrain" - Mary Taylor Huber and Pat Hutchings, Carnegie Foundation, 2006.

"Integrative Learning and Assessment,"
Ross Miller,
director of programs, Office of Education and Quality Initiatives, Association of American Colleges and Universities
(Peer Review, summer/fall 2005)
"Integrative Learning for Liberal Education,"
by Mary Taylor Huber, senior scholar; Pat Hutchings, vice president; and Richard Gale, senior scholar-- all at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
(Peer Review, summer/fall 2005)
"Integral Life, Integral Teacher" Parker Palmer

"Role of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts" 
-- Wm Newell, LiberalArtsOnline Volume 7, Number 1, January 2007
"Teaching for Transformation"
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., academic research and program officer in the psychology department at Stanford University. It first appeared in the newsletter: Speaking of Teaching, Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University - Spring 2005, Vol. 14, No.2,
"Thinking Across Disciplinary Perspectives and Disciplines"
- Mathew Miller and Veronica Boix Mansilla - Interdisciplinary Studies Project, March 2004, Project Zero, Harvard University

"Seminars as Barn Raising" -Written by Don McCormick of the University of Redlands and Michael Kahn, of the California Institute of Integral Studies. The article originally appeared in EXCHANGE: The Organizational Behavior Teaching Journal. 1987, Volume VII, Number 4. pp. 16-20. (now the Journal of Management Education at: http://jme.sagepub.com/). Reprinted with permission.
"What Does College Teach?" by Richard Hersch (Atlantic Monthly 2005) -- contains some good examples of ways to assessing students' understanding
"Why Integrative Learning? Why Now?" Debra Humphreys, vice president for communications and public affairs, Association of American Colleges and Universities (Peer Review, fall 2005)