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Educators to Evaluate How to Assess Learning at RosEvaluation Conference

March 27, 2012

Higher education is in the midst of a significant challenge: develop effective, efficient assessment processes that demonstrate achievement of educational outcomes. That's why educators from throughout the world will be coming to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's RosEvaluation Conference on Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3.

      Keynote Speaker - Provezis
  Staci Provezis

Educators will learn ways to develop and disseminate best practices in the fields of assessment and evaluation. Assessment represents a new field for many education leaders in fields as diverse as engineering, business, health professions, math, science, and technology. These assessments and evaluations are part of a national trend toward transparency and accountability.

"The RosEvaluation Conference 2012 will emphasize concrete, effective, and efficient solutions to assessment and evaluation challenges," stated Conference Chair Julia Williams, executive director of Rose-Hulman's Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment and professor of English.  She is also president of the Professional Communication Society of IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association.

Sessions have been divided into three interest tracks: classroom assessment, program assessment, and digital assessment/tools. Specific topics being covered will be assessing professional skills, creating sustainable assessment and evaluation processes, cultivating a culture of assessment on campus, developing student learning outcomes for program and college assessment, developing and using evidence-based systems for learning assessment, and using electronic assessment tools.

Williams will join Rose-Hulman colleagues Timothy Chow, Will Mathies and Kevin Davidson in presenting a significant session on the RosEvaluation Tool. Rose‚ÄźHulman developed the tool in 1998 to collect, evaluate and report achievement in student learning outcomes to students, faculty, employers, graduate schools, and various accrediting agencies.

Shannon Sexton, Rose-Hulman's director of assessment, will provide a workshop on Building an Assessment Plan on April 1 that introduces ways to create an assessment process in a continuous improvement model. 

 Julia Williams   Shannon Sexton   Sarah Forbes     
Julia Williams
    Shannon Sexton
    Sarah Forbes

Sarah Forbes, Rose-Hulman's director of data management and reporting, will make a presentation on "The Survey Artist: Crafting Your Assessment Canvas." Meanwhile, Sam Peffers, director of planning, will present a session on "Development and Introduction of a Leadership Behavior Assessment Instrument in Undergraduate Engineering Education."

The conference's keynote speaker is Staci Provezis, a research analyst and former project manager for the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) at the University of Illinois. Her presentation will cover the topic "Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: All Signs Point to Accreditation."

Provezis' educational interest areas include student learning outcomes assessment, accreditation, and institutional transparency of student learning outcomes assessment information.  Before joining NILOA, she worked in various collegiate academic and student affairs positions, including directing a first-year experience program at the University of Pittsburgh, coordinating a study abroad program at Eastern Illinois University, and teaching English courses at several community colleges.

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