Presentations and Workshops
2019 - December. SACSCOC Annual Meeting (Houston, TX).
"Use of results" and "seeking improvement" are key terms in the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. Unfortunately, most institutions struggle to connect assessment results with efforts to improve student learning. This workshop is designed to unpack "improvement" and how to achieve it in a collaborative way. Attendees will work through the logistics of an example learning improvement initiative and then consider how to adapt the underlying framework (PLAIR) at their home institutions. This workshop is reflective of James Madison University's ongoing transformation from an assessment institution to a learning improvement institution. JMU's approach, which is being replicated at many other institutions, was recognized in 2015 with a national CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes. Keston Fulcher, Kristen Smith, Chris Coleman
2019 - October. Assessment Institute (Indianapolis, IN).
Assessment for Learning Improvement. The purpose of learning assessment and the intended use of results guide the assessment process—from who is involved and the initial assessment question to actions taken on the assessment results. This session explores how the typical assessment cycle, the people involved, and the rules associated with assessment may change when faculty engage in an assessment process aimed at demonstrating learning improvement. Monica Stitt-Bergh
2019 - June. Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (St. Paul, MN)
Assessment that Supports Learning Improvement: Stories and Strategies. What’s the purpose of a learning assessment project? Monitor learning? Guide curriculum changes? Improve learning? In this session participants analyze vignettes that illustrate purposes of assessment: monitor, tune assessment processes, guide learning environment changes, support learning improvement.Because an often-stated purpose of assessment is to improve student learning, participants will discuss how to change the vignettes into learning improvement stories by applying appropriate strategies. Charles Blaich, Keston Fulcher, Yao Z. Hill, Monica Stitt-Bergh, Kathy Wise
2019 - April. Webinar, online (Co-sponsored by The Center for Assessment and Research Studies at James Madison University, Virginia Assessment Group, Research & Practice in Assessment, and WeaveOnline
Foregrounding Learning Improvement in Assessment. Have you heard a good story about assessment? Or a report that showcased how student learning improved? We have! And we would like to hear more. To help assessment practitioners and faculty think about an assessment process aimed at student learning improvement, we will outline what we see as the current state of learning outcome assessment (at the program and institution levels) and the direction we want to head. We will describe an assessment process that foregrounds learning improvement in learning outcomes assessment, using illustrative examples to draw attention to the challenges of assessment. Attendees will be encouraged to participate and comment on whether this process is desirable and feasible and the challenges they foresee. Monica Stitt-Bergh and Jillian Kinzie
Special issue on learning improvement, Research & Practice in Assessment. K. Busby and K. Fulcher, Editors. Volume 13, Winter 2018
A Simple Model for Learning Improvement: Weigh Pig, Feed Pig, Weigh Pig. K. H. Fulcher, M. R. Good, C. M. Coleman, and K. L. Smith. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, Occasional Paper, December 2014.
Learning Improvement Summit
The Learning Improvement Summit brings together some of the top assessment practitioners, educational developers, educators, and scholars to develop and expand the promotion of student learning improvement. We investigate ways to connect assessment, teaching, and learning. Why? Because high-quality learning and adaptable skills are needed for today's citizens and should be the goal of higher education.
2020: Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning, Connecticut College
2019: Assessment Office, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2018: Academic Assessment and the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Auburn University
2017: Center for Research and Assessment Studies, James Madison University, and Center of Inquiry, Wabash College
Scott Benson, Washington State University
Charles Blaich, Wabash College
Diane Boyd, Furman University [not pictured]
Chris Coleman, University of Alabama
Cynthia Crimmins, York College of Pennsylvania
Keston Fulcher, James Madison University
Megan Good, Auburn University
Kathleen Gorski, Waubonsee Community College
Yao Hill, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Mays Imad, Pima Community College
Cara Meixner, James Madison University
Michael Reder, Connecticut College
Monica Stitt-Bergh, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Kathy Wise, Wabash College