LTAC17 Session Spotlight!

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Session Spotlight: Meet Our LTAC Speakers

LiveText is gearing up for its most insightful Summer Conference ever! We have a powerhouse lineup of assessment experts and practitioners focusing on relevant topics to help you become more effective in your current role. These include: assessment and planning, e-Portfolios, data collection, and closing the loop activities.

We invite you to meet two of our featured speakers this week. Both have served as Executive Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. CARS is the largest higher education assessment center in the United States. The University and the Center have been the recipients of many national assessment awards.

Interested in attending LiveText’s Conference this summer? Visit our Assessment Conference website for more information. 

Concurrent Session:

Evolving From Assessment To Improvement

Dr. Keston Fulcher
Executive Director, Center for Assessment & Research Studies
James Madison

Use of Results and Improvement are common terms among assessment practition-ers. Unfortunately, most institutions struggle to connect assessment with learning improvement. This concurrent session is designed to clarify what improve-ment means and how to achieve it. Participants will distinguish between change and improve-ment, identify steps in the improvement model, and describe strategies to overcome obstacles. This session is based on James Madison University’s effort to transform from an assessment institution to a learning improvement institution, a process recognized by a 2015 national CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.

(Pre-registration Required):

Developing An Assessment Culture: Strategic Approaches To Faculty Development In Assessment

Combined Session

Dr. Keston Fulcher and
Dr. Donna Sundre

Assessment practice provides evidence of student learning outcomes, a vital component of all regional accreditors. Through quality assessment, academic programs can trust their results and make informed pro-gram changes. Developing a culture of assessment is difficult yet possible through strategic faculty develop-ment initiatives. In this session, the presenters will describe a model for developing faculty expertise in assessment. By knowing where faculty members are in their understanding and practices of assessment, we can more strategically assist them and hence further build campus assessment culture. In addition to providing effec-tive development strategies, presenters will ask attendees to discuss strategies and challenges at their institutions.

Concurrent Session:

Calling All Scholars: Winning With Assessment

Dr. Donna Sundre
Emeritus Executive Director, Center for Assessment & Research Studies
James Madison University

The notion of assessment as scholarship is hardly a new one; however, we have not sufficiently mined the many opportunities afforded by quality assessment practice to produce scholarly research. This session will define the prerequisites for the conduct of scholarly assessment as well as identify several rich prospects that span: content areas, methodologies, and stakeholders to expand our research potential. Participants will be invited to explore and share barriers and opportunities for scholarship experienced at their home institutions during the session.

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What’s all the Buzz? If you’ve attended before or have followed the buzz on Twitter, then you know the value of our Conference. As in years past, we’re busy building a powerhouse lineup of speakers and sessions that you just can’t find at other conferences. Our sessions will inspire and challenge you, and ultimately send you back to campus with new ideas and a renewed energy to take your student learning assessment initiatives up a notch! Click below to hear a few thoughts on the value of the Assessment Conference from our past attendees!