About the Webinar Series
 Co-sponsored by: JMU-The Center for Assessment and Research Studies-vert-purple VAG 2RPA


Weave has partnered with James Madison University’s Center for Assessment and Research Studies and Virginia Assessment Group’s Journal of Research and Practice in Assessment to bring you a most impactful webinar series!

For over six months a team of well-known practitioners has been preparing for this event. After many meaningful conversations about what actionable steps can be taken to use assessment to impact learning, these leaders have put together six sessions to share ways institutions can be sure their assessment work is leading to authentic learning improvement. 

Webinar 1: Paper Pusher to Improvement Hero
In this first installment of the Evolving from Assessment to Learning Improvement Webinar Series, Fulcher and Good challenge attendees to take a hard look at assessment. Despite lip service to the contrary, higher education has little evidence of learning improvement resulting from assessment. This webinar orients the audience to more functional ways to align assessment with improvement and provides teasers of the upcoming webinars.

Stay tuned for more information on these highly informative, practical webinars this spring - dates and times will be announced soon!

  • Webinar 2 - The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: New Challenges to Using Evidence to Improve Student Learning 
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    • Charlie Blaich, Director, Center of Inquiry and Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium
    • Kathy Wise. Associate Director, Center of Inquiry and Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium
  • Webinar 3 - Refining an Approach to Assessment for Learning Improvement
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    • Monica Stitt-Bergh, Associate Specialist, University of Hawaii (Manoa) and Past President, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)
    • Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, and Senior Scholar, NILOA
  • Webinar 4 - Why Assessment and Faculty Development Need Each Other: Using Evidence to Improve Student Learning, April 23rd 2pm Eastern - Register
    • Michael Reder, Director, Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching and Learning, Connecticut College
    • Cynthia Crimmins, Director, Center for Academic Innovation, York (PA) College
  • Webinar 5 - Considerations and Resources for the Learning Improvement Facilitator, May 13th noon Eastern - Register
    • Kristen Smith, Director of Assessment, College of Education, UNC Greensboro
    • Natasha Jankowski, Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
  • Webinar 6 - Example of a Successful Program Improvement Effort, May 29th 2pm Eastern - Register
    • Keston Fulcher, Executive Director, Center for Assessment and Research (CARS), James Madison University
    • Diane Lending, Professor Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics; Capital One Information Security Faculty Scholar, James Madison University

We look forward to seeing you!

 About our Presenters:

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Dr. Keston Fulcher
Keston H. Fulcher is the Executive Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies and Professor in Graduate Psychology at James Madison University (JMU). JMU has received an unprecedented 13 national recognitions related to student learning outcomes assessment. Fulcher’s research focuses on structuring higher education to better demonstrate learning improvement. He serves on the advisory panel to the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and collaborates extensively with the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis.

Megan circleDr. Megan Good
Megan R. Good is the Director of Academic Assessment at Auburn University. In this role, she supports the assessment work of 280 academic degree programs, coordinates Auburn’s centralized general education assessment efforts (known as SCORE; Student Core Outcomes and Readiness Evaluation), and collaborates with the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to support six learning improvement initiatives. She is a graduate of James Madison University's (JMU) Assessment and Measurement doctoral program, where her dissertation focused on how programmatic learning improvement could be achieved by connecting assessment with faculty development work. She is also a co-author on the NILOA Occasional paper: A Simple Model for Learning Improvement: Weigh Pig, Feed Pig, Weigh Pig.