Centre For Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence - JKCS - John Knox Christian School - OakvilleCentre For Academic Excellence (CAE) was established in the year 2005 to promote high quality education and research to the student at RCM. CAE strives for excellence in program delivery. Our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning promotes the development of our faculty and in turn student success. Based on our mission and vision, a primary focus for all College activities is providing an accessible, dynamic and supportive learning environment.

The CAE works in partnership with the academic departments and service units of RCM to enhance educational quality and support innovation in teaching, learning and curriculum through quality assurance processes and the provision of faculty and curriculum development services, programs, resources and research.


The mechanisms by which we assess our students and evaluate their progress against course outcomes are powerful signals to them of the knowledge, skills and experiences deemed important by our professions and our disciplines. Evaluations are key drivers of student effort and student learning, and the more authentic and applied these assessments, the more effective they are as learning tools.

Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves:

  • Making our expectations explicit and public.
  • Setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality.
  • Systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well student performance matches those expectations and standards.
  • Using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning Plan will help your students to understand the intended learning outcomes for the course in the form of the knowledge, skills and habits of mind that will be deliberately cultivated in the course, as well as when and how they will be required to demonstrate their learning through assessments. It can also help students to understand how your course functions in relation to the other courses in their program of study.

Learning activities are designed, grouped and sequenced so that they help learners achieve the course learning outcomes. Through these learning activities learners also receive feedback about their progress and are prepared for evaluation where they can demonstrate their achievement of the course learning outcomes.