Master's Recital

Master's Recital

Spring 2019

Welcome to the Master's Recital!

For information on why we do the master's recital, see Why the Master's Recital.

If you are signed up for the online recital, the tasks will begin showing up here over the next couple of days, and you can complete them at any time between now and May 17th.

Course Overview

As part of our accreditation requirements, we must collect data to demonstrate that what we set out to teach you at the beginning of the program has some relationship to what you know and are able to do here at the end.  We use this data to refine how and what we teach and to improve the Iliff educational experience for students to come. In many other theological schools, this data is an extensive written portfolio of each students' work from throughout their degree program that they discuss with a committee at the end, or a final thesis or senior capstone project.  However, we believe that for a professional degree program, a more performed kind of knowledge is important to demonstrate integration and the capacity to take your theological education into your future working contexts.

For that reason, we created the masters' recital.  

Each year we identify different areas of the curriculum to assess.  This year we are primarily assessing the social analysis and sacred text core areas as well as the degree goals for the MASJE and MAPSC (for students in those programs) . In the masters' recital we are looking at the performance of the whole group as a cohort, so there is no individual student assessment. We are watching your perform this task and asking: "What do they do well as a group?  Where do they struggle to shine?"

Because this data has a serious role in our ongoing curricular revision, we hope that you will do your best so we can see what you can really do.  But, do your best in a spontaneous (although readable to your colleagues) way, so we can see what you can do on your feet, so to speak.

Any questions?

Thanks for helping us continue to make an Iliff education relevant and quality for generations of students to come.

Welcome, Graduates!  Congratulations on making it to the end (or near end) of your degree program. I have already created groups for MAPSC and MASJE students. If for some reason you are assigned to the wrong degree program, let me know and I will fix my groupings. M.Div. students: YOU ARE NOT YET ASSIGNED TO A GROUP. There are 3 M.Div. groups based on possible future foci--chaplaincy or spiritual direction, agency or non-profit work, or parish. You must join one of these groups. (If you need help with the logistics of joining a group, please look here: ). If you're not sure which one you want to be in, pick the one that seems most fun, or has the fewest students at the time you join. Each of these M.Div. groups is asked to handle one of three different tasks, depending on whether you are aiming for chaplaincy, non-profit work, or parish work, so your group should be in three different sets of threads.

For all groups: These tasks are meant to be performed "live and in real time" as much as possible.  That is to say, we are not expecting additional external research or preparation. We want to see what the education you have already completed allows you to do.  We will be looking at what you all are able to do well and what you struggle with as a group, not assigning grades to particular posts.  However, because we do use this data for future curricular revision, it will be helpful if you do your best, so we can see what you have learned. Think of this as Iliff's not-so-standardized testing to see how our curriculum is functioning to produce student learning . . . our work as educators is what is being tested through these activities.

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