The Value of an Assessment Conference

In anticipation of last year’s LiveText Annual Assessment Conference, I shared a bit of history regarding my long-standing relationship with LiveText, my high regard for their technology, their amazing customer service, and their commendable commitment to the education profession. That commitment is evident in their sponsorship of multiple national, regional, and state conferences throughout the year and is highlighted by their Annual Assessment Conference held each year in July. This year, I am eagerly anticipating LiveText’s 16th Annual Assessment Conference scheduled in Chicago July 10-12.

Having attended all 15 previous LiveText Annual Assessment Conferences (the first was held in 2002), I can’t begin to count the number of incredibly informative sessions I have attended during the history of this conference. Each year seems to further raise the bar on excellence in assessment conferences, which attracts some of the most highly regarded leaders and researchers in education and assessment as featured speakers. Concurrent sessions offer opportunities that meet the varied needs of all attendees and serve as a model in professional collaboration. Attendees do not have to be LiveText users to gain valuable insight on best practices in assessment—a topic that is increasingly important for all educational professionals.

Attendees that are LiveText users will appreciate the dedicated training sessions, interactive work rooms, workshops, and a variety of concurrent sessions all designed to help them enhance their assessment practices, hone their LiveText skills, and learn how to expand their use of the wide array of LiveText tools available. LiveText will also update attendees on the latest technology enhancements as well as planned improvements still in development. Throughout the conference, attendees have ample opportunity to provide user (and potential user) feedback to LiveText to help inform ongoing product development.

I have consistently found this conference to be the most relevant and valuable professional development opportunity available, both in terms of the many and varied formal sessions and in terms of the incredible collaboration opportunities that have always been a hallmark of this event. Each year, I have left the conference with new knowledge and skills that I could put to immediate use on the job.  That said, attendees can also always look forward to a couple of very special evening events that are entertaining while providing further opportunities for collegiality and collaboration. Simply stated, the annual LiveText Assessment Conference is a not-to-be-missed event for anyone who wants to keep pace with the rapidly evolving arena of assessment in higher education, explore or enhance their proficiency in LiveText exceptional array of technology tools, and expand their collaborative network.

I am truly looking forward to my 16th consecutive year of benefiting from this amazing event. Won’t you join me?

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 Dr. Lance Tomei, President & CEO, LT Consulting LLC
(retired) Director of Assessment, Accreditation & Data Management, University of Central Florida

P.S. See some of these highlights from last year’s event!