Rubrics to Curriculum Map: Assessment Tools Inform ACM Curriculum Plans

Animation is one of the three degree tracks in ACM Department. It has 2 full-time faculty positions and about 40 majors. To assess the learning outcomes in this track, students in the capstone course ACM 420 were assessed through a collaborative film project. The two faculty at the time evaluated student projects using a rubric that assesses students’ ability in filmic writing and storytelling, professional skills in animation, professional skills in design and film ethics, four important program SLO areas. The results showed that students were meeting expectations in 3 out of 4 areas. The area of concern is professional skills in animation— 54% of the students evaluated did not meet expectations in this key competency. In addition, we did not see any student work that exceeded expectations in any of the four areas. These results reflected a long-standing program need for a proper facility – a computer lab that would provide essential opportunities for students to learn and practice animation tools and techniques. The assessment results highlighted this need and helped the ACM to procure a computer lab which was first put to use in Spring 2016. This poster will further present the program discussion and improvements related to core course requirements, number of credits to meet degree requirements and course sequencing. Key strategies that helped evidence-based program improvement are: collaborative faculty discussion, feedback from external stakeholders and use of previously collected data. by Dan Boulos

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Recommended Citation:
Boulos, D. (2016, April). Rubrics to Curriculum Map: Assessment Tools Inform ACM Curriculum Plans. Poster session presented at the Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI.