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BIT Faculty Member Sonia Crawford Wins CNM’s Best Assessment Contest

Dec. 4, 2014 -- Sonia Crawford, faculty member in the School of Business Information Technology, won the CNM Best Assessment Contest for an assessment she had students perform in a Digital Design Studio class.
BIT Faculty Member Sonia Crawford Wins CNM’s Best Assessment Contest

Jul 17, 2015

The contest was initiated by CNM Presidential Fellow Fang Chen who is spending the 2014-15 academic year studying competency-based curriculum, a large part of which looks at performance-based assessment.

The award comes with a $1,500 professional development opportunity. Crawford is going to use the money to attend the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in August.

She has worked for CNM for 10 years and currently teaches Introduction to Digital Media, Page Layout and Type Design, Introduction to Computers, Photoshop, Illustrator and a class called Digital Design Studio, which covers Photoshop and Advanced Illustrator topics.

“Even though many of my students are close to graduation, most are unfamiliar with reflective practices such as deciding what “artistic” direction they will work toward after graduation,” Crawford said. “It is for this reason that I find this self-analysis assessment to be a great project. It not only allows students to see how their work has developed, but it also allows them to better envision what they are working to accomplish. This full circle assessment approach is why it is one of my favorites.”

Chen noted that the selection committee picked Crawford’s assessment as the winner for several reasons. “First of all, her assessment shows a student’s growth over a period of a course by using the portfolio approach,” she said. “Instead of just giving a snap shot of what a student can do at one point, Sonia’s assessment demonstrates how much a student has grown and evolved as an artist over time.”

“Second,” she said, “Sonia’s assessment really emphasizes a student self-reflection. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the project by asking students to evaluate their own wok and envision their future artistic direction. Finally Sonia’s assessment challenges students to learn to use new technology and be creative. Students produce an engaging, original multimedia product as a result of this project.”

She said the selection committee commented on how they enjoyed reviewing all the assessment entries received for this contest. The assessments covered a wide range of subjects, including biology, history, psychology, reading, math, digital media, nursing and more.

“Each of the entries had its own strengths,” Chen said. “We want to thank all the instructors who participated in the contest.”