Assessment & Its Audience:
Sharing our Stories with Stakeholders
Featuring Inside Higher Ed Founder Scott Jaschik and the Director of the University of Georgia Center for Teaching & Learning, Edward Watson
The 2014 Conference, Assessment and Its Audiences: Sharing our Stories with Stakeholders will focus on:
- Identifying best practices communicating with multiple assessment stakeholders, from faculty and campus leaders, to parents, policy makers, and the students themselves,
- Research-based practices for getting usable data into the hands of those who need it, and
- Promoting the dissemination of assessment results in both the popular and scholarly press.
One of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed, Scott Jaschik co-leads editorial operations for the website, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs, and other features. Mr. Jaschik is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and writes articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Salon. Of late, Inside Higher Ed has covered the "assessment beat", publishing multiple in-depth articles about the assessment of student learning. His keynote will share a broader perspective about how stakeholders define learning and view accountability and assessment efforts on college campuses, and will provide insights regarding communicating assessment results to audiences (policy makers, parents, the public) who are not "in the weeds" of data collection and analysis.
Dr. Eddie Watson is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia where he leads university efforts associated with faculty development, TA development, learning technologies, media and production services, classroom support and learning spaces, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. At UGA, he also teaches courses in College Teaching (GRSC 7770) and is a Fellow in the Institute for Higher Education. His work has also been published in Educational Technology, EDUCAUSE Review, Campus Technology Web 2.0, and To Improve the Academy. For the latter, he was a finalist for the 2014 Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award. He is the founding Executive Editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio, the Co-Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and is a strong advocate for in assessment and research into innovative educational practices to ensure the quality of teaching and learning for today’s students.
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Registration Opens September 8, 2014
Early Bird Registration
Pre-Conference Workshop Registration (space limited)
$75Early Registration is not available after October 30, 2014.
The 2014 Annual Conference of the Virginia Assessment Group will be held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Located in Norfolk's revitalized waterfront historic district, the hotel is convenient to award-winning restaurants and local area attractions.
The conference room rate is $89 per night. Please make your room reservations before Wednesday, October 22, 2014, to be guaranteed this rate. Reservations should be made by contacting Marriott directly at (800) 228-9290 or (757) 627-4200.
Wednesday, November 12th, 2:30 - 5 p.m.
Pre-Conference WorkshopsAssessing General Education
Assessing the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
LEAP, VALUE, HIPs, and YOU: A Primer on AAC&U, VAG, and the LEAP States Initiative
Wednesday, November 12th, 5:30 - 7 p.m.Opening Reception
Thursday, November 13th, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.Opening Keynote: Scott Jaschik
VAG Annual Business Meeting
Friday, November 15th, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.Pecha Kucha Sessions
Message from the President
Closing Keynote: C. Edward "Eddie" Watson