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Thursday, June 7 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Improving the Improvement Movement: Theories of Change, Professional Learning, and Feminist Pedagogy Applied to Assessment

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Is a new paradigm for assessment needed as recent works by Roscoe (2017) and Suskie (2017) claim? Roscoe argues that accreditation-driven assessment places too much focus on "doing assessment; his "improvement paradigm emphasizes curricula and instruction. Similar to Roscoe, Suskie felt the "assessment movement has lost its way. However, Suskie argues that the "improvement movement falls short. Suskie's new assessment paradigm includes teaching excellence, professional development focused on research-informed teaching practices, teaching-learning centers that support assessment work, evidence-informed improvement, and assessment as a natural part of the teaching learning process. We will present three perspectives on future directions for assessment and its goal of improved student learning, acknowledging and then moving beyond the assessment movement's roots in accreditation and in learner-centered education. Specifically, we will discuss incorporating into a paradigm of assessment (a) ways to intentionally engender change aimed at improving educational effectiveness, (b) professional learning communities with stated faculty competencies on assessment and instruction, and (c) a feminist pedagogy framework (inclusivity and relationships). Those interested in discussing paradigms that will result in higher student achievement are encouraged to attend.

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Jana Hanson

Director of Institutional Assessment, South Dakota State University
Dr. Jana M. Hanson joined South Dakota State University in August 2015 as the Director of Institutional Assessment. Prior to this appointment, she was a research analyst in the Department of Institutional Effectiveness at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA. She received... Read More →
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Theresa Moore

Faculty Development Specialist, Kirkwood Community College
Faculty developmentTalent development Personalized PDCompetency-based PD
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Monica Stitt-Bergh

Associate Specialist of Assessment, University of Hawai
Monica Stitt-Bergh is an educational psychologist and works in the Assessment Office at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. In her current position, she is an internal consultant for and offers workshops on learning outcomes assessment. She also plans and conducts institutional... Read More →

Thursday June 7, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am MDT