CSUMB Assessment Philosophy and Practice

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Integrative knowledge threshold concepts

• Transfer is a cycle: experience, metacognition, communication.
  • Transfer happens within and between disciplines and co-curricular experiences. Communication both demonstrates that transfer is occuring and promotes systhesis of knowledge and experience.
• Transfer must be taught and explicitly requested; students do not transfer knowledge automatically.
  • Instructors must be explicit about what type of knowledge/experience that they want students to transfer, where that knowledge/experience is coming from, and where it is being transferred to.
• In order to transfer, students must be able to get, comprehend, and evaluate knowledge.
  • Students need enough relevant knowledge before they can transfer meaningfully. Comprehension comes before transfer; students who are struggling to comprehend knowledge will also struggle to transfer it. Students must also be taught how to evaluate the types of knowledge/experience that are appropriate to transfer in a given context.
• Metacognition is necessary for learning to transfer knowledge.
  • We all transfer knowledge in our daily lives, but are not necessarily aware we are doing it. Meaningful transfer requires awareness that transfer is occuring. Learning to transfer requires making the process explicit, and as students develop proficiency, transfer becomes more implicit.


Assignment Guides


Integrative Knowledge Assignment Guide, California State University, Monterey Bay



Integrative Knowledge Rubric, California State University, Monterey Bay