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 6 - Example of a Successful Program Improvement Effort
Diane Lending and Tom Dillon are professors of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics at James Madison University. Together they spearheaded one of the most successful program-level learning improvement efforts to date. From one cohort to the next, students' interviewing skills rose three standard deviations.

How did they start this improvement effort? How did they get their colleagues involved? What curricular and pedagogical changes did their team make to the program? How did they assess this improvement? These questions and more will be addressed in the final installment of the webinar series.

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 5 - Considerations and Resources for the Learning Improvement Facilitator 
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    • Dr. Kristen Smith, UNC Greensboro
    • Dr. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA

We look forward to seeing you!

 About our Presenters:

Diane Lending

Dr. Diane Lending
Professor, Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics; Capital One Information Security Faculty Scholar
Diane Lending is a Professor of Computer Information Systems at James Madison University. She teaches enterprise architecture and systems analysis and design at the undergraduate level, specifically strategic information systems in JMU's MBA programs. She is actively involved in assessment and accreditation.

Tom DillonDr. Tom Dillon
Professor, Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics; PwC Donald F. Caputo Memorial Professorship
Tom Dillon is a professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS) in the College of Business at James Madison University. He primarily teaches IT Consulting, Systems Analysis and Design, and Enterprise Architecture. Tom has over 30 years experience in the college classroom and he actively engages alumni and friends of the CIS program.

Keston CircleDr. Keston Fulcher
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.