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 5 - Considerations and Resources for the Learning Improvement Facilitator
What are the situational factors that can impact a learning improvement facilitator? Why should we care as assessment professionals? And what is a learning improvement facilitator anyway? This webinar presents considerations, resources, and opens a dialogue on the role of learning improvement facilitators in advancing learning improvement.

The links below will direct you to the rest of the series!

  • Webinar 1 - Assessment Paper Pusher to Improvement Hero: The Journey Begins
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    • Keston H. Fulcher, Executive Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies and Professor in Graduate Psychology at James Madison University
    • Megan R. Good, Director of Academic Assessment at Auburn University
  • 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 - Foregrounding Learning in Assessment 
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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 
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    • Dr. Michael Reder, Connecticut College
    • Cynthia Crimmins, M.S. Ed., York (PA) College
  • Webinar 6 - Example of a Successful Program Improvement Effort, May 29th at 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:


Dr. Kristen Smith
Director of Assessment, College of Education, UNC Greensboro
Kristen Smith, PhD, is the Director of Assessment for the School of Education (SOE) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In this role, she provides support to departments and programs to collect, analyze, and report student learning assessment data. Kristen also provides support for assessing and implementing the unit-level strategic plan and assessing the school’s economic impact. In her role, Kristen has helped the SOE develop assessment instruments, which includes creating and administering rater training for assessment rubrics to faculty members and cooperating teachers. Kristen provides feedback on program-level continuous learning improvement initiatives and provides assessment support for CAEP accreditation.

NatashaDr. Natasha Jankowski 
Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
Natasha has been with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) for the past 10 years, most recently serving as Director. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Natasha looks nationally at the work unfolding around assessment in postsecondary education. Her main research interests include assessment and evaluation, organizational evidence use, and evidence-based storytelling.