LiveText is happy to release its 2017 Best Practices Assessment Webinar Series schedule for the first quarter of next year. Presented by experts and leaders in higher education assessment and student learning, our series focuses on important topics in assessment, student success, and continuous improvement. We invite you to plan your professional development calendar with us by registering for the webinars that best suit your interests. #ChoosetoLearn
Introduction to Rubric Norming
Presented by: University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
January 24 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT
Embedding analytic rubrics in our courses can be a great way to measure progress toward intended learning outcomes, and to furnish direct evidence of learning. But how do we know that our raters have a shared understanding of the rubric criteria? And how can we be sure that our raters will apply the criteria consistently in scoring work? During this webinar, participants will be introduced to techniques for rubric norming that they can apply at their own institutions. A step-by-step process for calibrating rubrics and approaching inter-rater reliability will be shared. Strategies and tips will be provided to facilitate workshops effectively, keep things fun, and build interdepartmental partnerships.
Making Meaning from Chaos: Moving Toward Intentional Learning through Curricular Alignment
Presented by: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
February 7 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT
This webinar explores the use of curriculum mapping as a means to increase coherence and intentionality for learners. Pulling from lessons learned in the field and the work of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), participants will be presented with various approaches to help make sense of the different pieces that come together to enhance student learning across learning experiences. Together we will explore the relationship between general education and the major, the curriculum and the co-curriculum, and the field of employment and our course learning outcomes. Institutional examples will be shared on various ways to consider mapping our learning to enhance alignment.
Faculty Involvement – Still the Key to Successful Assessment of Student Learning
Presented by: Dr. Barbara Wright, Independent Consultant and former V.P. of WASC
March 14 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT
This webinar focuses on the importance of faculty involvement if assessment efforts are going to have any traction and lead to real improvement in student learning. Yet a couple of decades into the assessment movement, winning faculty commitment remains a challenge at many institutions. Fortunately, assessment practice is evolving in ways that speak to faculty values and respect faculty expertise. In this webinar, we’ll consider what those changes are, how they connect with instructors’ priorities and passions, and how to design assessment to make optimal use of instructors’ time, energy, and talents.
Key Dimensions of Assessment in Higher Education
Presented by: Dr. Lance Tomei, Independent Consultant
April 11 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT
This webinar will discuss the various aspects of assessing student learning in higher education including assessment of classroom, program, and institutional-level learning outcomes as well as assessment in support of continuous quality improvement. Similarities and differences among these different categories of assessment will be presented along with implications for faculty, for programs, and for the institution.