Making Learning Visible, Spring 2023: Celebrations of Teaching and Learning

The RISE Learning Institute hosts the college-wide student showcase, Making Learning Visible (MLV), every quarter to celebrate teaching and learning.

Making Learning Visible is a hybrid event, with both an online and in-person showcases. Additionally, at the end of the academic year, student learning is being showcased and celebrated across the campus.

The RISE Learning Institute encourages all Bellevue College faculty, staff, and students to join the in-person event, attend any of these public presentations, explore these online poster showcases, or celebrate along with other graduating students.

Visit the In-Person Showcase on June 14 & June 15, and view the Virtual Student Showcase below. When you’re done, feel free to sign the Guest Book!

Email the RISE Learning Institute to learn more!


Making Learning Visible In-Person Showcases

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Wednesday, June 14 (L100)

  • 8:30am–10:20am – Nursing Care of the Adult Client & Technical Writing
  • 10:30am–11:20am –Cellular Biology, International Relations, & Intro to Oceanography
  • 12:30pm–1:20pm – American Government, First-Year Seminar, General Biology, & Read and React V
  • 1:30pm–2:20pm – American Government, Integrated Skills V, & Psi Beta Honors Society

Thursday, June 15 (L100)

  • 9:30am–10:20am – Lab & Advanced Lab Methods in Genomics & Technical Writing
  • 10:30am–11:20am – Language, Culture, and Society, Nursing Care of the Pediatric Client, & Psychological Research
  • 11:30am–12:00pm – Scenes from A Spirited Manor

Making Learning Visible Virtual Showcases

Bright orange clay sea slug with other sculptures behind it

The Digital Media Arts students in Fall, Winter, and Spring partnered with Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Columbia Choirs of Metropolitan Seattle, and the Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative, to apply their new design skills to creating infographics. The agencies will utilize one or more of these in their communications with the community. Through the quarter, the students had to reflect on how their creations would support these agencies and their missions. Check out the creations below!

To learn more, contact Mariella Lawson Dávila.

White poster. "Tips for youth health and well-being" at the top. Five yellow images in blue circles down the center with descriptions along the side. An image of a bottle with "Avoid alcohol, drugs and other high-risk behaviors" on its left. An image of a brain with "Prioritize physical and mental health" on its right. An image of three people with "Find support from strong family bonds" on its left. An image of a network with "Create positive social connections" on its right. An image of a checkmark with "Define "success" internally (not externally)". At the bottom, the logo of the "City of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services" on the left, and the logo of the "Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative" on the right.
By Amelia Palermo, Fall 2022
Poster with a tan background and all else written or drawn in red. ACRS logo in the top left with "Want to help your community?" in big letters next to it across the top. Below is "We offer a wide range of programs, many of which are dependent on the invaluable contributions of community volunteers!". There are three red boxes extending down. On top left, "Food Bank Volunteer- Help the most revisited food bank in KC sere culturally familiar food to those experiencing food insecurity.  Shifts are Tuesday – Friday 9am-12pm/1pm." with QR code. To its right is a red outstretched hand. Below, center right, is a box with "Farm Volunteer- Lend a hand at our community farm helping to produce local, healthy vegetables and fruits. Shifts and events vary." with QR code. Below this are cupped hands holding an apple. On the bottom left is "Outreach Ambassador- Connect with community members to share information about ACRS’s services and opportunities to support our work. Shifts and events vary, training provided." with a QR code. Below the box are two red hands and arms reaching out to each other with a large yellow heart. At the bottom is written "For an up-to-date list of available volunteer opportunities, please refer to our website." with red Instagram and Facebook icons and a QR code.
By Isabella Crowner, Winter 2023
Poster with tan background with images in yellow and blue. Large image of the Mercer Island Health Youth Initiative logo at the top, centered in a white box. Below the logo is "MI Youth - take care of your health and well-being!"". In five white boxes are written "Avoid alcohol, drugs and other high-risk behaviors", "Prioritize physical and mental health", "Find support from strong family bonds", "Create positive social connections" and "Define "success" internally (not externally)". There are images of a blue heart in a yellow circle  and a blue bottle crossed out in a yellow circle. At the bottom, the logo of the "City of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services" on the right.
By Andrea Arias, Fall 2022
Image with "The Lifelong Benefits of Singing" in large font across the top. A drawing of three singing people at the bottom, with musical notes spanning the center from left to right.

There are five boxes with titles and descriptions. In teal blue in the lower left is 1 "Mental Health 
Singing in a choir can help alleviate depression and help increase levels of well-being and self-esteem."

In light yellow on the upper left is 2 "Social Connectedness 
Even compared to other group activities, singing in a choir has shown to have a greater effect on social cohesion and connection."

In orange in the upper center is 3 "Physical Health 
Singing exercises abdominal muscles and has shown to increase cardio function."

In green in the upper right is 4 "Cognitive Function 
Music and singing have a positive effect on memory stimulation and attention."

In dark orange-red in the lower right is 5 "Language Development 
Learning melody, beat, tempo, rhythm can all have positive effects on language development in young children."
By Kateryna Lohvinova, Winter 2023
Blue poster with lighter shades of blue and mustard yellow for words and images. Across the top is "MI Youth - take care of your health and well-being!". Five light blue boxes each with numbers in yellow circles appear throughout. They are 1 "Prioritize physical and mental health", 2 "Avoid alcohol, drugs and other high-risk behaviors", 3 "Define success internally (not externally)", 4 "Find support from strong family bonds", and 5 "Create positive social connections". The backgrounds have images of a flexed bicep and a yellow plus, a yellow checkmark in a blue heart, alcohol drugs and a syringe, and two people holding a third yellow person. At the bottom is the logo for the Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative.
By Claire Long, Fall 2022
Image with "THE LIFELONG BENEFITS OF SINGING IN A CHOIR" in large font across the top left . Has five categories with descriptions, each with an image drawn in an older style.

Just below the title on the left is  "Mental Health: Singing in a choir can help alleviate depression and help increase levels of well-being and self-esteem." To its left is a image of a smiling man in yellow circle.

Below on the left is "Physical Health: Singing exercises abdominal muscles and has shown to increase cardio function." To its left is a drawing of a woman walking in a teal blue circle.

Next to the title on the upper right is  "Language Development: Learning melody, beat, tempo, rhythm can all have positive effects on language development in young children." To its left is are two adults and a child pointing at a piece of paper, in an orange circle.

Below in the center right is "Cognitive Function: Music and singing have a positive effect on memory stimulation and attention." To its left is a woman in a purple coat reading a paper with a lightbulb, in a lavender circle.

Below in the lower right is "Social Connectedness: Even compared to other group activities, singing in a choir has shown to have a greater effect on social cohesion and connection." To its left are three children wearing dark green talking, in a lighter green circle.
By Logan Boyd, Winter 2023
Poster mostly in white except for the top, which has two jumping silhouetted people in a blue background with a yellow sun and "Tips for youth health and well-being" above the image. Five statements separated by dashed lines. 1. "Prioritize physical and mental health" in the upper left. 2. "Find support from strong family bonds" in the bottom left. 3. "Avoid alcohol, drugs and other high-risk behaviors" in the center. 4. "Create positive social connections" in the upper right. 5. "Define "success" internally (not externally)" in the bottom right. At the bottom, the logo of the "City of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services" on the right, and the logo of the "Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative" on the left.
By Daria Fleikler, Fall 2022
Image with "The Lifelong Benefits of Singing" in large font across the top. The image has five different-colored ribbons extending down. Each ribbon has a white traced icon followed by a title and description.

In green on the left is a head with a health cross in it, with "Mental Health: Singing in a choir can help alleviate depression and help increase levels of well-being and self-esteem."

Next, in red with three connected people in a network, is "Social Connectedness: Even compared to other group activities, singing in a choir has shown to have a greater effect on social cohesion and connection."

Next, in teal blue with a heart and checkmark, is "Physical Health: Singing exercises abdominal muscles and has shown to increase cardio function."

Next, in dark blue with a head with lightbulbs and a thought bubble, is "Cognitive Function: Music and singing have a positive effect on memory stimulation and attention."

Last on the right, in purple with a language bubble, is "Language Development: Learning melody, beat, tempo, rhythm can all have positive effects on language development in young children."
Poster in white with ribbons of shades of blue, yellow, and gray going across it. "Tips for youth health and well-being" across the top with five statements in white boxes below. "Find support from strong family bonds" in the upper left with blue images of people in a gray circle. "Define "success" internally (not externally)" in the upper center with a gray checkmark in a dark blue circle. "Prioritize physical and mental health" in the upper right with a blue cross in a gray circle. "Create positive social connections" in the lower left with light blue network symbol in a dark blue circle. "Avoid alcohol, drugs and other high-risk behaviors" in the lower right with images of alcohol and smoking ion a blue circle with a yellow cross over them.  At the bottom, the logo of the "City of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services" on the right, and the logo of the "Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative" on the left, and www.MIHealthyYouth.com in the center.
By Katie Chen, Fall 2022
Poster with dark blue border and white center. "Tips for Youth Health and Well-Being" in yellow at the top. Five statements written in blue blue bubbles accompanied by images. An image of a bottle and cigarette with a cross through them with "Avoid alcohol, drugs and other high-risk behaviors" on its left. An image of a brain with a health red cross and a dumbbell with  "Prioritize physical and mental health" on its right. An image of people holding others up in a pyramid with "Find support from strong family bonds" on its left. An image of two people talking with "Create positive social connections" on its right. An image of a heart with #1 in it with "Define "success" internally (not externally)". At the bottom, the logo of the "City of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services" on the right, and the logo of the "Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative" on the left.
By Nick Moore, Fall 2022

Contact Tamara Boynton Howard to learn more.

Six panel flyer, from left top to bottom right.

Panel 1: "AUTISM Share your knowledge and get experience. Join to make the difference."

Panel 2: Four panel cartoon with a bunny. "1. School" the bunny is at a small desk thinking "2+2=?" "2. The world" the bunny sits in a meadow outside a city next to a bird. "3. A career" The bunny is at a desk drawing with a calendar and night outside. "4. Happiness" The bunny holds hands with a bow-wearing bunny with a heart between them and the sun behind them.

3. "TAKE AN ACTION AND BREAK BARRIERS" People in black surround and look down at a young person in blue sitting on the ground with a hole where their face is. The face lies away from them. Below is written "Can anyone hear me?!"

4. The bunny drawn in black watching three red bunnies kick around a ball, and thinking "I wish I could just fit in with others..."

5. "May 26 & June 9, 2023 at 3:00. Contact Rosa Ramirez. moreusa71@msn.com"

6. "Topics" with bullets saying "Empathy vs. Apathy, Type of Accomodation, Emotional & Academic, A Need vs. Accomodation, School and Support"
By Rosa Ramirez
By Melissa Mann
By Mary Ho
By Kelly Rubenacker

Students (groups) created Public Service Announcements (PSA) on a topic/current issue related to health care and the public health (i.e. mental health and COVID-19, nurse burnout).  PSAs have audio-visual components and are presented as cinematic YouTube videos, Podcasts, brochures, posters with audio, etc. Take a look and listen!

Contact April Ambalina to learn more.

Workplace Violence in Healthcare, by Shayla Le, Khushpreet Kaur, Annie Lee, and Thelman Trejo-steward
Brain Drain, by Elizabeth Corichi, Sydney Beaman, Charles Blondino, and Guinevere Dyzon
The “Eating for Two” Lie, by Amanda Kim, Roza Ismatova, Kori Rodriguez, Emily Zhu

Students consider different moral dilemmas in bioethics and use ethical theories to evaluate potential solutions to those moral dilemmas.

Contact Dr. Monica Aufrecht for more information.

Psychology gives us unique insights into how we can change our lives, organizations, and communities in positive ways. For their final project, students apply to real-world issues what they have been learning about how psychological, biological, social, and cultural factors influence human behavior and mental processes. The students visited the American Psychological Association (APA) website and chose a topic to research and then present in the format of their choosing. Look below to see the student projects!

Contact Janelle Tarasewicz to learn more.

Unraveling behavior during COVID-19, by Silvia Tosolini

Campus-Wide Showcases and Celebrations!

Student interacting with a game on laptop in a large lecture hall

May 25 – May 27, June 1 – 3

A Spirited Manor

Stop Gap Studio  |  Contact: Tammi Doyle


Thursday, June 8

14th Annual MCS Student Achievement Celebration

5:00pm–8:00pm  |  Bellevue College Cafeteria (C115)  |  Contact: Kathy Colasurdo


Friday, June 9

Lavender Graduation

4:00pm–8:00pm  |  Bellevue College U312/313  |  Contact: Darnita Boynton Howard


Tuesday, June 13

5th Annual Capstone Showcase Showdown for Application Development

5:30pm–7:30pm  |  Bellevue College U312/313 & Zoom  |  Contact: Pete Ophoven


Wednesday, June 14

Making Learning Visible, Day 1

8:30am–11:20am & 12:30pm–2:20pm  |  Bellevue College L100  |  Contact: RISE

STEM to Stern & Disabled Students Navigating STEM Demo Day

2:30pm–4:20pm |  Bellevue College S223  |  Contact: Michael Reese

Data Management & Analysis Annual Capstone Presentation

5:30pm–7:30pm  |  Zoom  |  Contact: Winnie Li


Thursday, June 15

Making Learning Visible, Day 2

9:30am–12:00pm  |  Bellevue College L100  |  Contact: RISE

Amazing Grace: Songs of Connection and Wonder

7:30pm–9:00pm  |  Bellevue College Carlson Theatre  |  Contact: Aimee Hong


Friday, June 16

Black Students Graduation and Unity Dinner

5:00pm–8:00pm  |  Bellevue College Cafeteria (C115)  |  Contact: Darnita Boynton Howard


Thursday, June 22

Occupational & Life Skills Senior Presentation Night

6:30pm–8:00pm  |  Bellevue College Ballroom (U301)  |  Contact: Sheena Davis

Participating Faculty

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Thank you to the following Bellevue College instructors for participating in the Making Learning Visible student showcase this quarter!

  • Dr. Stacy Alvares, Biology
  • April Ambalina, Nursing
  • Ethan Anderson, English Language Institute
  • Dr. Monica Aufrecht, Philosophy
  • Tamara Boynton Howard, Health & Wellness
  • Dr. Cara Diaconoff, English
  • Tammi Doyle, Theatre Arts
  • Dr. Jackie Gapinski, Biology
  • Dr. Kathy Hunt, Anthropology
  • Dr. Rachel Hutto, Biology
  • Nancy Lane, Oceanography
  • Mariella Lawson Dávila, Digital Media Arts
  • Dr. Celeste Lonson, Psychology
  • Dr. Natalie A. Martinéz, English
  • Jennifer Parada Espinoza, Psychology
  • Dr. Christina Sciabarra, Political Science
  • Janelle Tarasewicz, Psychology

Making Learning Visible Guest Book

Thank you for visiting Making Learning Visible. After visiting the student showcases and/or watching the presentations and performances, if you have any comments, leave them here!

Last Updated July 31, 2023