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First Online Conference to Provide Student Assessment Tools

March 14, 2013

Rose-Hulman is expanding the global outreach of its popular higher education assessment conference by offering an online event to educators seeking tools to evaluate students' achievement of defined learning outcomes in engineering, business, health professions, math, science, and technology.

  National Assessment Leader: Providing an online Basics of Assessment Workshop will be Julia Williams, PhD, executive director of Rose-Hulman’s Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment. She is a senior member and president of IEEE Professional Communication Society.

The RosEvaluation Conference 2013 on April 1-2 will be the first online conference hosted by the institute. Rose-Hulman’s innovative RosE Portfolio System student learning assessment tool has earned the Council for Higher Education’s Accreditation Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes.

“Rose-Hulman has a long tradition of bringing together those who are developing assessment and evaluation tools to share information and their expertise. This year we’re making this knowledge available to people throughout the world through online resources,” says Julia Williams, PhD, executive director of Rose-Hulman’s Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment.

This year’s conference will emphasize concrete, effective, and efficient solutions to assessment and evaluation challenges. Keynote speakers will be Rebecca Bates, PhD, and Ron Ulseth, PE, of Minnesota State University’s Iron Range College of Engineering. This unique learning model integrates technical, professional, and engineering design content in a series of four semester-long projects. Bates and Ulseth will discuss “Assessing Project-Based Learning: Providing Evidence for Continuous Improvement.”

Workshop session topics will cover topics on understanding assessment terminology, defining measurable outcomes, choosing assessment tools, developing efficient processes and timelines, and reporting results.

Learn more about the conference program at

Williams, senior member and president of IEEE Professional Communication Society, will provide her popular Basics of Assessment Workshop, which introduces educators to assessment for the purpose of assessing outcomes in a continuous improvement model. Other Rose-Hulman professors and staff members leading sessions will be Patsy Brackin, Sriram Mohan, Sarah Forbes, Shannon Sipes, and Tony Karras.

Educators can participate in one to three online sessions for $50 per session, four to six sessions for a flat fee of $150 and seven or more sessions for a flat fee of $300. Register by March 25 at

Hosting this first online conference showcases technological advances in Rose-Hulman providing training tools, course information and continuing education to students, alumni and educators.

“An active online presence is one way that Rose-Hulman can reach a larger audience, and assume a larger leadership role in the education of scientists, engineers and mathematicians,” stated Kay C Dee, associate dean of learning and technology. “We are strategically building the suite of hardware, software, expertise and personnel needed to make online/technology-enabled learning tools more readily available to benefit learners on campus and throughout the world.”