Strengthening Assessment: 2013 Higher Education Webinar Series

Throughout 2013, LiveText will present a series of complimentary webinars for leaders in higher education to share best practices and learn step-by-step processes that can be implemented on campus today. Join us to gain insight into the key trends, technology, and best-practices that institutions, colleges, and programs use to successfully evaluate and demonstrate performance-based student learning achievement. All members of the higher education community, including administrators, faculty, and those responsible for data collection, student assessment, and accreditation are encouraged to register for webinar series offerings.

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What to Consider When Considering an Assessment System
Wednesday, June 5 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Pace University
  • Jermain Smith
  • Presenter Biography Mr. Smith has over 25 years of higher education experience in technical support, consultant, training and professional development, project management and system implementation. He has worked on the backend of higher education technology for over 15 years. Mr. Smith has a unique understanding of end user concerns as well as the financial concerns present in all institutions. He is knowledgeable in the hardware, cost analyst and the human aspects of information technology support services.

This webinar is intended for those who are currently or will be evaluating assessment and accreditation management systems, including provosts, presidents, vice presidents, directors of information technology, chief information officers, directors of institutional effectiveness, chief academic officers, deans, as well as assessment and accreditation committee members. During the webinar, Mr. Smith will share his approach toward researching such technologies, providing a structure for how his program made a decision. He will discuss how to best implement a plan that is cognizant of resources, funding, and above all functionality. Issues that will be addressed include: validity, reliability, functionality, funding, resources, and data collection among others.

MAY 15

Using AAC&U's Learning Tools to Address Core Revision
Wednesday, May 15, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Dr. Terrel Rhodes
  • Dr. Terrel Rhodes
  • Presenter Biography Terry Rhodes received his B.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before moving to the national higher education arena, he was a faculty member for twenty-five years. Dr. Rhodes is currently Vice President for the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he focuses on the quality of undergraduate education, access, general education, and assessment of student learning. He is also co-director of the annual AAC&U General Education Institute and the Integrative Learning and the Departments Institute.

This webinar has been designed specifically for WASC institutions. On February 22, WASC Commissioners unanimously approved the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation, which goes into effect July 1. In particular, Standard 2.2a requires institutions to systematically assess core competencies such as written and oral communication, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and information literacy; and Standard 2.10 requires the collection of both aggregated and disaggregated data by demographic filters. Join us as AAC&U discusses how its LEAP offerings and VALUE rubrics for assessment can address the new requirements. You’ll gain insight into the value other institutions have experienced in being able to quickly and effectively implement AAC&U’s learning outcomes and meta-rubrics as part of their assessment processes.

Following Dr. Rhodes, LiveText will demonstrate how its tools support aligning, correlating, and assessing institutional and programing learning outcomes. See how you can address WASC’s 2.2a core competency reporting requirements and make decisions based on real-time data. Discover how other WASC institutions are using AAC&U’s assessment instruments within LiveText to assess, report, and disaggregate student learning data by demographics to successfully address WASC standards.


Using AAC&U's Learning Tools to Address Core Revision
Wednesday, May 1, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Dr. Terrel Rhodes
  • Dr. Terrel Rhodes
  • Presenter Biography Terry Rhodes received his B.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before moving to the national higher education arena, he was a faculty member for twenty-five years. Dr. Rhodes is currently Vice President for the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he focuses on the quality of undergraduate education, access, general education, and assessment of student learning. He is also co-director of the annual AAC&U General Education Institute and the Integrative Learning and the Departments Institute.

This webinar has been designed for institutions in the state of Texas undergoing core curriculum revision. By fall 2014, the state is requiring that institutions assess student learning based on common core objectives, including critical thinking, communications, empirical and quantitative reasoning, teamwork, and personal and social responsibility within nine foundational component areas. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has recommended using AAC&U's LEAP offerings and VALUE rubrics for assessment as a way to address the new requirements. Join us as Dr. Terrel Rhodes discusses the history and value other institutions have experienced in being able to quickly and effectively implement AAC&U's learning outcomes and meta-rubrics as part of their assessment processes.

Following Dr. Rhodes, LiveText will demonstrate how hundreds of institutions today use technology to better assess, measure, and report learning achievement. See how other institutions in Texas and around the country use AAC&U's rubrics within LiveText to assess and report core revision. From assessment to retention, gain insight into how one integrated tool can provide you with the power and flexibility to meet common core revision requirements as well as SACS institutional effectiveness and other national accreditation standards for measuring learning achievement.

APR 17

Taking Stock of Continuous Improvement: Program Performance, SLO’s & The Assessment Systems Portfolio
Wednesday, April 17, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Dr.Dan Lord
  • Dr. Dan Lord
  • Presenter Biography Dr. Lord is a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy in the Master of Science in Family Therapy program at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He oversees assessment and evaluation for the department. He earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas, M.Div. from Saint Paul School of Theology, and Ph.D. from Boston University.

During this webinar, Dr. Dan Lord of Friends University will demonstrate how his clinical graduate program in Family Therapy implemented a process for collecting data from a comprehensive program assessment map including outcomes for program performance and student learning. Follow Dan as he then showcases and describes his institution’s process for developing an assessment systems portfolio for data review and program improvement actions. He will describe the assessment portfolio’s development, the kinds of data and results included, as well as how this accountability report is maintained and shared with all constituencies interested in institutional performance - internal stakeholders, regional and specialized accrediting agencies, and various public groups.

MAR 19

How to Effectively Communicate Your Assessment Data for Transparency
Tuesday, March 19, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Alice Hambright
  • Alice Hambright
  • Presenter Biography Alice Hambright is a former public school teacher and currently serves as The Citadel's School of Education's Technology Specialist. She has also served in a technology position in Information Technology Services at The Citadel and in a technology training program for medical professionals at The Medical University of South Carolina.

Know your audience and develop a repository of your data that speaks to that audience. May be easier said than done, right? During this webinar, attendees will learn how to prepare unit and program reports and showcase the right kind of information to third parties, particularly accreditation bodies.

Join Alice Hambright, Technology Specialist for The Citadel's School of Education, as she shares her institution's approach to preparing reports and mapping a central repository to showcase data results and plans for continuous improvement. See how The Citadel's School of Education maps their repository by standards and categories that include reports and data by divisions and assessments, as well as a multitude of important documents, such as committee meeting minutes, summary and comparison reports, an institutional self-study, institutional procedures, assessments, and even rubric and survey report data.

Finally, you will learn how The Citadel's School of Education maintains and updates their reports and creates a user-friendly, organized repository to share with faculty, administration, and staff across the institution as well as with visiting accreditors — creating a culture of ownership and transparency across the institution.

FEB 20

Field Experience Management: Strategies for Success
Wednesday, February 20, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Angela Hunter
  • Angela Hunter
  • Presenter Biography Angela Hunter is a Regional Education Program Coordinator for the School of Education at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. She received her Master’s in Family and Consumer Science with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Iowa State University in 2003. She has been with Buena Vista University since 2004. In her current position, she provides oversight to multiple BVU sites within their Graduate and Professional Studies teacher education program. This innovative non-traditional evening program provides teacher certification opportunities throughout Iowa. Prior to her current role at BVU, she was involved with early childhood programs throughout southeast Iowa serving children and their families for over 10 years.

Field Experiences are a key component in preparing students for the work world, and their primary goal is to provide the experience and tools needed to transition after their courses of study.

A successful experience in the field must include assessment of the candidate's performance. Quality education programs not only evaluate a candidate's performance at the end of each field experience, but they also assess the candidate's professional practice of knowledge and skills. To promote reflection and growth, candidates need consistent, systematic, and ongoing formative assessment of their performances during field experiences.

During this webinar, you will learn how one education program has successfully developed and implemented a plan to utilize LiveText's Field Experience Management system to collect field experience assessment data throughout the student's program. This plan includes coordination of the assessment framework for evaluating and managing field experiences, aligning assessment to professional teaching standards, providing opportunities through an assessment and evaluation system for candidates to set goals for continued growth and improvement, and showing how candidates have demonstrated competencies.

FEB 19

Implementing a General Education Assessment Solution to Collect Meaningful Data (Community College Focus)
Tuesday, February 19, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Kevin Riordan
  • Kevin Riordan
  • Presenter Biography Mr. Riordan is the Director of Institutional Research at South Suburban College. He studied research methodology at Loyola University Chicago and has also enjoyed instructional roles in the classroom. It was his experience in the classroom with students that led him to discover that higher education needs individuals who are sensitive to learning outcomes measurement and accountability to stakeholders. He works very closely with all academic areas, deans, and committees to ensure that faculty take ownership of student learning principles of strategic planning.

Don't let a misstep derail your institution's progress. Whether you already invested in a solution or are still searching for the right fit, it is important to know what kinds of tools are available, their capabilities, and if they have been designed with your challenges in mind. Storing data in an assessment product assumes you already have assessment data! Many institutions face challenges in effectively and efficiently collecting assessment data in the first place.

Join South Suburban College, an HLC accredited, two-year institution that serves over 7,000 students, as the Director of Institutional Research shares his team's experiences in developing and implementing a best-practice assessment process that allowed them to collect assessment data seamlessly and naturally as a by-product of measuring the student learning experience.

Gain insight into the steps this institution took to build the right academic foundation to support collecting reliable assessment data to measure student-learning outcomes. Learn how the right tools and resources can allow you to more effectively evaluate student performance and use the data collected to improve the academic experience for students.

FEB 13

Defining Quality: Student Learning and the Degree Qualifications Profile
Wednesday, February 13, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Dr. Marcus Kolb
  • Dr. Marcus Kolb
  • Presenter Biography Dr. Marcus Kolb serves as a Program Officer at Lumina Foundation. In that role he makes and manages grants to advance Goal 2025 — raising the proportion of post-secondary attainment of high quality credentials in the United States to 60% by 2025. His grant work focuses on student learning outcomes as the measure of quality in higher education, including Tuning and the recently released Degree Qualifications Profile. Prior to coming to Lumina 2008, Marcus served as faculty and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the Drexel University School of Public Health. Marcus has a posting as an adjunct faculty in University College at IUPUI and has a BSEd in Secondary Education/Mathematics, MEd from Clemson University, and a PhD in Higher Education.

In January of 2011, the Lumina Foundation released the beta version of the Degree Qualifications Profile to the higher education community. The document attempts to define post-secondary academic credentials by student learning outcomes, as opposed to the more traditional measures of academic credit or seat time. This session will explore the development and content of the Degree Qualifications Profile, as well as the current practice in testing the learning outcomes and applications of such a framework.

JAN 30

Deepening Student Learning through e-Portfolios
Wednesday, January 30, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Dr. Penny Finley
  • Dr. Penny Finley

During this webinar, Dr. Penny Finley, faculty member in the Florida Gulf Coast University's College of Education and research expert in Cooperative Learning, will present the college's notable approach to integrating e-Portfolios into the teaching and learning process to foster deeper learning. Deep learning, in contrast to surface learning, results in improved long-term retention and enables learners to analyze new information in ways that build connections to previous knowledge. Deep learning can be fostered through pedagogical approaches such as active learning, problem-based learning, self-paced learning and experiential learning. e-Portfolios support both deep learning and the examples provided for pedagogical approaches that underscore deep learning.

Dr. Finley will provide an overview of her college's e-Portfolio requirement, the college's best-practice process for implementing e-Portfolios, and the broader perspectives on how e-Portfolios are being used by students and faculty to facilitate academic and professional growth. Dr. Finley has been a LiveText user since 2002.

This webinar will actively engage participants in conversation about e-Portfolio implementation and increase participants' knowledge about the benefits, outcomes, strengths, and challenges of using e-Portfolios.


Program Assessment and Reporting in Preparation for CCNE Accreditation
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Pamela Reints
  • Pamela Reints, B.A., M.Ed.
  • Presenter Biography Pamela Reints is the Administrative Services Manager/Instructional Technology Specialist for the Department of Nursing at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She received her Master of Education with a Concentration in Assessment and Evaluation in 2011. She has been with the Department of Nursing at Northwestern College since 2006. In collaboration with the department of nursing chairperson, she has helped in the development and implementation of the assessment outcome plan for the nursing program. She is responsible for the collection, analysis, and reporting of the assessment data. She assists nursing faculty in the development of course curriculum and assessment using instructional technology tools. She currently serves on Northwestern College's Program Assessment Committee which works with the college's departments to develop, evaluate, or redesign their program outcome assessment plans.

Changes to the health care industry and nursing education are placing increasing pressures on programs to be held accountable for advancements in health care training, assessing clinical practice, and striving for continuous improvement. Follow one leading nursing program through a step-by-step journey, exploring their innovative and effective assessment techniques in preparation for CCNE Accreditation. From program outcomes, to the development of e-Portfolios, to the demonstration of clinical training outcomes, this webinar will provide a snapshot of the steps Nursing and Allied Health programs can take toward successfully fulfilling accountability and compliance requirements.

Topics include the linkage of program outcomes and accreditation standards, identification of course-specific assignments and the development of rubrics across the curriculum, criteria linked to program outcomes, the development of surveys including course, instructor, clinical agencies, and student self-evaluation, collecting aggregated data, developing an e-Portfolio, and preparing an ExhibitCenter™ for accreditation.

NOV 14

Preparing a Compelling Fifth-Year Interim Report
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Crystal A. Baird, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Crystal A. Baird
  • Presenter Biography Dr. Crystal Baird is the Coordinator of Commission Support for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College. She joined the staff of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 2010 and currently facilitates the Off-Site and Fifth-Year Interim Review processes. Prior to her work with SACSCOC, Baird has served in a variety of different institutional roles including SACS liaison; associate dean of institutional effectiveness, planning, and research; director of library and IT services, and chairperson of student services. She has also served as President of the Community College Planning and Research Organization, Chair of the Council of Community College Library Administrators, member of the Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Committee for North Carolina, and a member of the Resource Advisory Committee for the North Carolina online library service NC-Live.

The Fifth-Year Interim Review process is still a relatively new one for SACSCOC member institutions. This webinar is designed to provide an overview of the process and answer many of the common questions associated with the Fifth-Year Interim Report. Participants will be introduced to the components of the report, the spirit of each of the included standards, and how to prepare and document a compelling case for compliance and a strong QEP Impact Report.

NOV 13

edTPA & U: Two Colleges of Education Share
Approaches to Effective Integration
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

  • Illinois College
  • Presenter Biography Illinois College can put the edTPA in a multi-year context. A long time LiveText Community member, Illinois College faculty voluntarily adopted PACT as assessment of choice over four years ago. It was one of the first non-California institutions to do so and was the first within the state of Illinois. Illinois College has completed the PACT, the TPA pilot, and the TPA field test in LiveText which has been consequential to candidates as part of comprehensive, systemic assessment before recommendation for licensure. As of 2012-2013, the state of Illinois became the sixth accelerated state for the TPA. Illinois College is a private, liberal arts institution and is NCA-HLC accredited.
  • Austin Peay State University
  • Presenter Biography SACS & NCATE-accredited Austin Peay State University is in Tennessee, an accelerated state for the TPA. Tennessee is moving ahead quickly on a timeline governed by its Race To The Top grant and plans, changing initial teacher preparation assessment (i.e. TPA as part of TN Ready2Teach) and doing so in concert with changes to in-service evaluations of in-service teachers. Austin Peay is a public institution, one of six universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents which includes a network of 46 institutions. Austin Peay, a long time LiveText Community member, folded TPA into the entirety of their candidates' systemic APSU and teacher preparation experience, the remainder of which also relies heavily on LiveText to support candidate, program, unit and institution.

How are Colleges of Education managing the edTPA in the context of everything else and juggling them from one year to the next, especially with changes in approach from the 2011 pilot, to the 2012 TPA Field Test, to the 2013 edTPA Operational? How do they leave a trail of evidence of learning at different phases and usage levels (e.g., whether scored in-house, by another LiveText Community institution, by Pearson) and find local program support for candidates, faculty and other university staff. Two colleges, one private and one public, share their stories and experienced approaches to integrating the edTPA effectively while tending to unyielding expectations of local constituencies and state, regional, and national accreditation.

OCT 11

10 Practices to Deepen Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT

Ralph A. Wolff
  • Ralph A. Wolff
  • Presenter Biography Ralph A. Wolff, has been at the Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for 30 years, and was appointed President in 1996. He previously was a law professor at the University of Dayton and graduate dean at Antioch College. He has served on three USDE negotiated rule-making committees in the past few years, and has been a strong advocate for accreditation becoming more transparent and a more visible agent of public accountability and quality assurance. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree, with honors, from The National Law Center of George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University.

Everyone is 'doing' assessment but what is actually working? How can faculty, already overloaded, be drawn into practices that will engage them and lead to improved learning? In this webinar, we will review 10 practices drawn from success stories that can be applied elsewhere. Each has worked at more than one institution. Practical steps and concrete examples will be identified. Ralph Wolff has led the Senior College Commission of WASC to be a leader in assessment through its accreditation processes, educational programming and innovative Assessment Leadership Academy.

AUG 15

Implementing GenEd Assessment across Multiple Modalities
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT

Janet Shepherd
  • Janet Shepherd
  • Presenter Biography Ms. Shepherd is the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Director of GenEd Assessment at Upper Iowa University. She holds an MBA in Business Management from Golden Gate University. She is the LiveText Coordinator for Upper Iowa's GenEd Assessment Program and is working on implementing LiveText in Major/Program Assessment, Senior Project Portfolios, Wellness Strategies (FYE), the Nursing Program, and the Education Program.llege.

Most institutions have begun to address GenEd Assessment. However, trying to unify the process across multiple locations (or learning experiences) where thousands of artifacts are assessed among hundreds of faculty members can be a daunting task. Therefore, this webinar will present ideas on how to implement GenEd Assessment across multiple modalities. Specifically, it will examine the steps, processes, and tools necessary to build a successful program.

JUN 20

E-Portfolios and Digital Storytelling: A strategy to facilitate reflection
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CST

Dr. Prague
  • Dr. Melinda Prague
  • Presenter Biography Dr. Melinda Prague has been an educator for more than 30 years. She holds a B.A. and a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Miami, and a Doctorate in Reading and Learning Disabilities from Hofstra University. She currently holds the rank of Professor Emeritus at Miami Dade College. While at Miami Dade, she served as LiveText Coordinator for the School of Education in addition to teaching reading and special education courses. Dr. Prague is currently teaching graduate courses for Nova University and Wilmington College.

Participants will learn how to implement digital stories as part of the e-Portfolio process. e-Portfolios offer many benefits for learners as they seek to create and reflect on life experiences. It is in this context that the digital story provides a vehicle to enhance the portfolio and promote personal reflection. The digital story consists of a short video told in the author's own voice, illustrated with images and, optionally, a musical track. The digital story is a personal narrative that gives insight to the author's identity, strengths, weaknesses, and achievements providing an excellent vehicle for reflection. This webinar will examine how the digital story brings the e-Portfolio to life as the student's reflection becomes concrete and visible, and creates a valuable resource for demonstrating growth, allowing for expression, and facilitating access for potential employers, colleagues, and instructors.


What Do Accreditors Want? Successful Strategies for Meeting Regional Accreditation Requirements for Student Learning Assessment
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm CST

  • Linda A. Suskie
  • Presenter Biography Linda is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, workshop facilitator, and consultant on a broad variety of higher education assessment and accreditation topics. The second edition of her book Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide (Jossey-Bass) is one of the best-selling books on assessment in higher education. Linda has served for seven years as a Vice President at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an accreditor of colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Prior positions include serving as Associate Vice President for Assessment & Institutional Research at Towson University and as Director of the American Association for Higher Education's Assessment Forum. She has over 35 years of experience in college and university administration, assessment, institutional research, strategic planning, and quality management. Linda holds a B.A. in Quantitative Studies from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa. To learn more, click here.

The climate for higher education is changing rapidly today, and so are regional accreditors' standards and expectations for student learning assessment. So what are regional accreditors looking for? How can your institution demonstrate compliance with student learning assessment standards? During this webinar, you will pick up useful tips and strategies from Ms. Suskie who will share what she has learned in her 35 years of experience in assessment, institutional research, strategic planning, and quality management.


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