2014-2015 Best Practices Webinar Series Archive

Below you will find a listing of the 2014-15 Webinar Series offerings. Click on the date button of the corresponding webinar you wish to view. You will be taken to that webinar's info page where you will be able to download the webinar.

2015 Webinars

Introduction to Rubric Norming

Presented by: Dr. David J. Turbow, Outcomes Assessment Coordinator, Office of Assessment and Institutional Research. University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

During this webinar, participants were introduced to techniques for rubric norming that they can apply at their own institutions. A step by step process for calibrating rubrics and establishing inter-rater reliability was shared. Strategies and tips were provided to structure workshops effectively, keep things fun, and build authentic interdepartmental partnerships. 


Effective ePortfolios: Engagement, Best Practices and Continual Improvement

Presented by: Ms. Stephanie Lehman, Assessment Analyst; Ms. Susan Rogers, Chair, Family & Consumer Sciences, Point Loma Nazarene University

During this webinar, PLNU explored its ePortfolio journey and the growing ripple of engagement with students, faculty and staff across campus. This review of ePortfolio use goes beyond implementation, and includes learned best practices, demonstrations of continual improvement, as well as strategies for implementation within the classroom – all the while striving towards the ultimate goal of making the ePortfolio experience one of high-value and high-impact. Attendees will saw and heard examples of use across multiple programs and disciplines such as Business, Nursing, Family & Consumer Sciences, Communication, and also Tenure and Promotion. Discussion included the value to students in preparation for graduation, and also the value to faculty for efficiency and assessment purposes.


A Model for Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Assessment

Presented by: Dr. Lance J. Tomei, (Retired June, 2013) Director for Assessment, Accreditation, and Data Management at University of Central Florida

During this webinar,Dr. Tomei gave an introductory overview of the important interrelationships among IE assessment, strategic planning, budgeting, and accreditation. The presenter suggested desirable characteristics of an effective IE assessment system, as well as strategies and tactics for developing and maintaining an effective IE assessment system.


Preparing Faculty for Assessment of a New Core Curriculum Program

Presented by: Dr. Kate Marley, AVPAA and Professor of Biology, Doane College

During this webinar,Doane College explored its process of general education revision that ended a cafeteria-style program in order to meld mission learning outcomes with best practices in teaching and learning. The process of developing assessment targets and rubrics, refining the rubrics with student work samples, and building faculty capacity to use rubrics across each level of the seminar was discussed. Doane has collected the first term of assessment data and shared our ongoing plans for rubric evaluation, revision, and iterative faculty development.  


Developing and Executing a QEP Assessment Plan & Strategy

Presented by: Dr. Patricia Heydet-Kirsch, Director of Assessment and Program Evaluation, Florida Atlantic University

During this webinar, the presenter discussed the importance of a rubric-based model to assess SLOs and sharing data with university stakeholders. In its third year of QEP implementation, Florida Atlantic University has learned to be flexible when coaching faculty and guiding their assessment practices using best-models. During this presentation, the institution will share its experiences and annual reporting, with special attention on engaging faculty in assessments which may lead to publishing opportunities.

Designing Quality Rubrics 

Presented by: Dr. Lance J. Tomei, (Retired June, 2013) Director for Assessment, Accreditation, and Data Management at University of Central Florida

During this webinar, Dr. Tomei gave an update to the Rubric Design presentation made at AACTE's 2015 Annual Conference. Topics discussed included examples of commonly encountered rubric weaknesses, recommendations on effective rubric templates, a description of the qualities of effective rubrics, and tools and strategies to help with the revision of existing rubrics and development of new rubrics.

What is the e-Portfolio Idea?

November 19 
Presented by: Katie Kalmus, Director of Client & Product Development, LiveText

During this webinar,  LiveText presented its vision for the e-Portfolio in conjunction with AAEEBL, The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-based Learning.

Making Large Classes Feel Small Utilizing Peer Mentors and Reflective Writing

Presented by: Dr. Karen Singer-Freeman & Dr. Linda Bastone, Purchase College-SUNY

During this webinar, Purchase College described the use of ePortfolio-based reflective writing assignments and peer-led discussion sections to support student success and content mastery in a large general education course. In practice, the presenters had 3 pedagogical goals: 1) Increase mastery of broad conceptual issues relating to developmental psychology; 2) Increase retention of concepts; and 3) Increase application of concepts to real-life experiences. Additionally, they sought to support at-risk student success. The course included two innovative practices: 1) ePortfolio assignments in which students described a concept, reflected on personal experiences, planned how to change future behavior, and selected the five most important ideas; 2) Peer-mentor-led interventions designed to improve well-being among at-risk college students. We discuss the effects of the course on student content mastery, satisfaction, and well-being. This presentation provided an overview of this process. 

How Prepared Are You for Accreditation?

Presented by: Dr. Stephen Spangehl, Director, Plexus International

During this webinar, Dr. Spangehl provided instructions on how participants can use the Accreditation Readiness Audit  to stimulate valuable discussions around how their university or program can maintain accreditation readiness.

2014 Webinars

Students Engaged: One Institution's e-Portfolio Story

Presented by: Dr. Kimberly Hogelucht, Associate Professor, Ms. Stephanie Lehman, Assessment Analyst; Point Loma Nazarene University

During this webinar, Point Loma Nazarene University presented on the conditions leading up to the need for an e-Portfolio initiative across the campus, the creation of an e-Portfolio template for use, the transition from hard copy portfolios to e-Portfolios, and the value students gained from having an e-Portfolio in the job search process. 


Teaching to the Outcomes & Assessing the Standards

Presented by: Mark Cook, M.Ed., Educational Specialist, IAEP Program Coordinator, University of Hawaii Community Colleges System

During this webinar, Dr. Mark Cook described the success and effectiveness of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges’ on-going Instructional Assessment & e-Portfolio Project (IAEP), and how the IAEP makes the connection between teaching to the learning outcomes and the assessment of accreditation standards…anywhere, anytime. This webinar discussed how those relationships can be developed, supported, and managed. 


Designing Effective Rubrics for Key Performance Assessments of Student Learning

Presented by: Dr. Lance J. Tomei, (Retired June, 2013) Director for Assessment, Accreditation, and Data Management, UCF

During this webinar, Dr. Lance Tomei provided attendees with three specific strategies for developing well-designed performance assessment rubrics that are effective for both formative and summative assessments of skills included in a program’s target learning outcomes. Rubrics developed using these will produce assessment data useful for both internal (improving student learning) and external (accountability and accreditation) purposes.  


Information and Strategies for Transitioning from NCATE to CAEP

Presented by: Dr. Lance J. Tomei, (Retired June, 2013) Director for Assessment, Accreditation, and Data Management at University of Central Florida

During this webinar, Dr. Lance Tomei discussed the similarities and differences between NCATE and CAEP accreditation requirements with a focus on the major new or significantly different requirements for CAEP. He provided a recommended action plan and associated strategies to prepare for the more rigorous CAEP accreditation requirements.  


Knowing What Students Know and Can Do: The State of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Presented by: Dr. Natasha Jankowski, Assistant Director, NILOA

During this webinar, Dr. Natasha Jankowski presented findings from the NILOA survey of chief academic officers on the state of student learning outcomes assessment within their institutions informed by shifts in the use and types of assessments engaged with, as well as ways to move assessment work forward. Findings were illustrated with institutional examples from a variety of NILOA studies. 


Using e-Portfolios to Stimulate Identity Change in Underrepresented Minority Community College Students

Presented by: Dr. Karen Singer-Freeman, Dr. Linda Bastone & Dr. Joseph Skrivanek, Purchase College, State University of New York

During this webinar, the presenters described the use of e-Portfolios as a means of stimulating identity shift during an intensive summer program. They have found: 1) e-Portfolio entries included increasing references to academic identity, future orientation and a community of scholars; 2) Changes reflected in e-Portfolios were independent of changes evidenced in other measures. After participating in this webinar, participants were aware of ways that e-Portfolios can support the development of academic identity, future orientation and scholarly community. 


How to Build an Effective (and Fun) Culture of Assessment

Presented by: Dr. Peter Jonas, Professor, Cardinal Stritch

During this webinar, Dr. Jonas examined how to develop a culture of assessment while providing examples and attempting to make it effective and even fun. Assessment can be used to build collaboration through the different stages of team development, the roles that team members operate within, as well as identifying their communication styles. Humor may be the driving force that can affect overall collaboration and then build a culture of assessment. 


Rubric Design: Part II

Presented by: Dr. Lance J. Tomei

During this webinar, Dr. Tomei presented a sequel to the Rubric Design webinar conducted on May 7, 2014. This webinar examined several rubric design criteria that can help ensure that your rubrics have content, construct, concurrent, and predictive validity and, with proper training of assessors, can produce reliable assessment data. Commonly observed rubric problems/weaknesses were revisited and strategies presented to help avoid these common rubric problems. 


Crowdsourcing Management Education

Presented by: Dr. Owen Hall, Professor, Pepperdine University

During this webinar, Dr. Hall discussed crowdsourcing education management. The approach being adopted in many business schools is to engage faculty and students in a virtual crowdsourcing learning experience. Specifically, this new paradigm significantly alters the three pillars of traditional instruction — fixed time, fixed location, and fixed learning pace — with a more flexible, customized, and mobile learning environment. One goal of this presentation was to highlight the results from a recent survey of faculty, administrators and staff regarding their views on the role of social media in higher education and to identify opportunities for expanding the crowdsourcing learning paradigm. This presentation also featured the growing role of MOOCs in student recruiting, supplemental learning, and boot camps.