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Sunday, June 21

Location: Taskstream Headquarters
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1:30pm - 1:50pm

Tour of Taskstream Offices

2:00pm - 5:30pm

Workshops

(Additional registration is required to attend workshops.)

Location: Taskstream Headquarters (71 W. 23rd Street, 14th Floor)

Using AMS: A Hands On Experience
2:00 – 3:30pm

AMS provides users one central location for assessment planning, program review, closing the loop, as well as a wide variety of other institution-specific tasks. In this workshop, new users will master the nuts-and-bolts they need to begin using Taskstream. During the first part of the workshop, participants will learn about the basic steps to using AMS for program outcomes assessment. Following the introduction, participants will practice inputting outcomes and then completing a curriculum map that aligns course outcomes to program or institutional outcomes. During the second half of the workshop, participants will begin to plan to measure an outcome and consider how to follow up on findings. All participants will leave with a copy of their completed curriculum map.

What To Bring? A laptop and a flash-drive with learning outcomes and a syllabus.

Who Should Attend: Users new to AMS or interested in learning more about how to use AMS prior to adopting it as an assessment solution.

Trudy Milburn, Director – Campus Solutions
Melissa Helvey, Manager – Campus Solutions
Taskstream


Ins and Outs of AMS Workspace Template Design
2:00 – 4:00pm

Designing a workspace template involves so many choices: assessment plan templates, operational plan templates, custom forms, custom requirements, standing requirements. In this workshop, several current Taskstream users will share examples of how they’re managing this at their institutions. Learn the benefits, considerations, and implications of each approach as they relate to data input, process management, reporting, campus culture, and aesthetics.

What To Bring? A laptop

Who Should Attend: Appropriate for AMS users new and old.

Susan Mun, AMS Implementation Manager
Taskstream


Location: Taskstream Headquarters (71 W. 23rd Street, 14th Floor)

Recommended Practices for Building Rubrics and Forms
2:30 – 3:30pm

Rubrics and evaluation forms are core to assessment systems. In Taskstream, the development and setup of thexploese instruments are key to successfully bringing your assessment system from an envisioned design to an operational process. In this workshop, we will discuss recommended practices for creating rubrics and evaluation forms, as well as the implications of the preferences you apply and choices made during these critical steps.

*NOTE: This workshop partners well with, “How Recommended Practices Inform Reporting,” but attendance at both sessions is not required to provide value.

What To Bring? A laptop

Who Should Attend: LAT Users who are just getting started, or who are interested in revising existing assessment methods.

Diana Romer, Director of Mentoring Services
Beth Ortiz, Implementation Project Manager
Taskstream


How Recommended Practices Inform Reporting
4:00 – 5:00pm

Significant time passes between the implementation of an assessment system and reporting on student performance. With this in mind, we aim to help you see into the future to clearly understand how the design of assessment instruments will inform your reporting capabilities. During this session, we will explore how choices you make during your implementation will impact your reporting capabilities.

*NOTE: This workshop partners well with, “Recommended Practices for Building Rubrics and Forms,” but attendance at both sessions is not required to provide value.

What To Bring? A laptop

Who Should Attend: Appropriate for LAT users new and old.

Denise Rusinova, LAT Implementation Manager
Michelle Curtis, LAT Implementation Specialist
Taskstream


LAT: A Complete User Experience
4:00 – 5:30pm

LAT allows users to collect data, evaluate student performance using a variety of evaluation methods, and perform intuitive reporting to illuminate areas of strengths and weaknesses. During the first part of this interactive workshop, participants will experience both the student and faculty perspective in submitting and assessing student work, becoming familiar with the flexibility and ease of the solution. During the second half of the workshop, participants will be guided through a variety of reports using data produced during this workshop. As a group, we will then evaluate the reports and make recommendations to close the loop through data-driven decisions.

*NOTE: This workshop partners well with, “Using AMS: A Hands On Experience”, but attendance at both sessions is not required to provide value.

What To Bring? A laptop

Who Should Attend: Users new to LAT or interested in learning more about how to use LAT prior to adopting it as a data collection and reporting solution.

Trudy Milburn, Director – Campus Solutions
Melissa Helvey, Manager – Campus Solutions
Taskstream

Monday, June 22

Location: Kimmel Center, New York University
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8:15am - 9:00am

Registration & Breakfast

Location: KC405/406

9:00am - 9:30am

Welcome Address
Location: E&L Ballroom

9:30am - 11:00am

Keynote

Arthur Levine

President, Woodrow Wilson Foundation

“Generation on a Tightrope: A portrait of today’s college student”

Location: E&L Ballroom

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Who are today’s college students, really? What do they think? What do they want? How do they behave? When do they sleep? The answers are likely different than someone of an older generation might think. Join Arthur Levine, co-author of Generation on a Tightrope, A Portrait of Today’s College Student to better understand the students on your campuses and in your classrooms, how they perceive the world around them, and how well-equipped they are to thrive. Based on a multi-year, multi-method, national study, the new insights into today’s students have profound implications for the work of college faculty and administrators.

11:20am - 12:05pm

Breakout Sessions

Trains, Tattoos, and Taskstream — Heuristics to Build a Culture of Assessment 

Location: KC 914

When it comes to building a culture of assessment, the best shortcuts are mental ones. Have you thought of strategies and ‘scaffolds’ to support your assessment culture? Would you like some visceral metaphors and tattoos to catalyze your conversations about assessment and connect it to learning? Do you want to design Taskstream to do what it does best, and engage your colleagues to do what they do best? Then bring your questions, institutional info, and your metaphorical minds and hands to this session.

When we are done, this is what you’ll take with you:
Head: A couple of metaphors that connect the essentials in teaching, learning, and Taskstream as an assessment tool.
Heart: “I might actually care about this assessment stuff”
Hands: Detailed handouts, visuals for design templates, metaphor-matching tattoos (temporary, of course!)

Presenter:
Muktha Jost, Director of Institutional Assessment
Sharifa Romney, Administrative Assistant Specialist (School of Education)
Claire Lewis, Data Management Specialist
North Carolina A&T State University

Focus Area: Planning for Assessment and Accreditation Needs


Jump on Board! Using e-portfolios to assess across the curriculum and co-curriculum

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Location: KC 905/907

This session will present how Taskstream was incorporated into the assessment of the honors program at a mid-sized private university. With robust curricular and co-curricular elements, the honors program offers a unique microcosm of a university, providing a perfect venue for building a model of integrated assessment and documentation of student learning. During the spring semester, a team of faculty and graduate students designed an assessment plan utilizing Taskstream that will allow the honors program to knit together the assessment of its learning outcomes related to research, service, and leadership throughout a wide variety of student learning experiences and venues. Additionally, we designed a plan that would provide students with training so that they can utilize Taskstream to help them reflect upon and document their learning not only in honors courses, but also our mentoring program, service experiences, study abroad, internships, senior thesis research, and so forth through the eportfolio.

Presenter:
Susan Warner Tayor, Director of Institutional Research & Assessment
Amy Story, Associate Professor & Director of Honors Program
Baldwin Wallace University

Focus Area: e-Portfolios


Using Taskstream for Program Application Prior to Acceptance

Location: KC 909

The session will present how a graduate teacher education credential and degree programs adapted the work flow process in moving program applications from hardcopy submissions to Taskstream for applicants, evaluators, and program coordinators. The work flow became more effective and efficient, and the processes are assisting the unit in addressing state and national assessment and accreditation needs. Each stage of the application process was impacted: recruitment, admissions, evaluation, decision-making, notification, payments and accounts receivable, and coordinating with the campus graduate studies office. The unit plans to continue to expand the system to include fieldwork experiences and teacher credential application processing.

Presenters:
Marita Mahoney, COE Office of Assessment & Research
Diana Qujiano, COE Office of Curriculum and Archives
CSU, San Bernardino

Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


Advanced LAT Reporting and Analytics

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Location: KC 912

Interested in learning more about the advanced reporting capabilities and outcomes-based analytics available in LAT? Participants will learn how to create and use custom distributions, filter by demographics, run comparative reports, and examine inter-rater reliability. We will also explore LAT’s Analytics dashboards for students, faculty, and administrators to view student performance by standard/ outcome.

Presenters:
Allison Holt, Account Services Manager
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream

12:15pm - 1:45pm

Luncheon Session

Natasha Jankowski

Associate Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

“Assessing to Improve: Focusing on Students and their Learning”

Location: E&L Ballroom

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As the students our institutions serve become increasingly diverse and mobile, how do our assessment processes and practices keep pace? How can we make arguments that our institution advanced student learning? This conversation will focus on lessons learned and institutional examples drawn from the work of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) to help us consider how to design assessment that focuses on students and their learning, with the ultimate goal of improvement of learning.

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Breakout Sessions

Assessing High Impact Practices

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Location: KC 914

High Impact Practices (HIPs) are techniques and designs for teaching and learning that are proven to be beneficial for student engagement and successful learning among students from many backgrounds. This session reveals the process to sustain, track, and assess High Impact Practices from the individual project, university, and large state university system level. Examples of specific HIPs will be available, as well as a demonstration of how HIPs are assessed within Taskstream. Participants will also be introduced to HIP taxonomies (rubrics) built on national efforts to categorize and describe effective engaging educational experiences for learning and student success

Presenter:
Audrey Hovannesian, Associate Director of Assessment
California State University, Chancellor’s Office

Focus Area: Assessment approaches for engagement & sustainability


Program Impact: Demonstrating Candidate Proficiency Post-Graduation

Location: KC 905/907

As Educator Preparation Programs transition to the new CAEP standards, a significant challenge and concern is that of how to measure candidates’ impact on P-12 learners once they are in the Dobsonfield. Both tracking of graduates into their new careers and reliable measurements of influence on their students present difficulties to the unit. During this session, a panel will discuss multiple approaches to this work and provide participants with successful examples from their institutions and how Taskstream has assisted in facilitating this work. The panelists will also share their unique perspectives based on their varied experiences leading a successful CAEP visit, participating in CAEP’s Data Initiative Advisory Committee, and as a trained CAEP reviewer.

Presenters:
Michele Brewer, Technology Chair for Assessment
University of Wilmington

Ellen Dobson, Assistant Director, Office of Assessment and Accreditation
East Carolina University

Mel Horton, Assistant Dean of Assessment
Central Connecticut State University

Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


Using AMS to Address Accreditation Principles on Institutional Effectiveness

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Location: KC 909

Through the effective use of AMS by Taskstream, Louisiana State University successfully addressed accreditation principles pertaining to planning and assessment. Staff in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation (OAE) worked with faculty and administrators of academic units to develop electronic evaluation and documentation strategies that not only simplified and made transparent, for practitioners, these essential aspects of institutional effectiveness, but also demonstrated to accreditation reviewers in 2014 the university’s commitment to the intent that informs the accreditation principles. Accreditors found full compliance with the principles at an institution that, like so many, had struggled to come into compliance during previous accreditation cycles. Presenters will discuss how Taskstream solutions helped them (1) soften the prevailing campus culture of resistance and (2) establish strategies for demonstrating, to external entities, ongoing institutional commitment to valid and reliable planning and evaluation.

Presenters:
Bobby Matthews, Director of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness
Sandi Guillot, Associate Director of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness
Louisiana State University

Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


Exploring Integration of Taskstream With Other Systems

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Location: KC 912

LTI, LMS, EDH, SSO… starting to sound like alphabet soup? Come learn what it all means and discover options for your campus. Participants will leave this session with a full understanding of how Taskstream can be integrated with other systems on campus, and how this can streamline the user experience for administrators, faculty, and students.

Presenter:
Jeff Reid, Vice President of Product Management
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream

2:45pm - 3:00pm

Coffee Break

3:00pm - 4:15pm

Featured Session

Linda Suskie

Assessment & Accreditation Consultant

“Understanding and Using Assessment Evidence”

Location: E&L Ballroom

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It’s one thing to get all your data entered into Taskstream; it’s another to use Taskstream reports to understand and improve student learning. In this interactive session, we’ll work with real Taskstream reports to identify strategies for “closing the loop.”

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Networking Break & Idea Exchange
Location: Grand Hall (5th Floor)

Digital Poster Session:
Transition Point Evaluations: Keeping Students Informed and On Track

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Academic faculty and staff are adept at monitoring student progress through academic coursework and an academic program. However, what happens when the student’s goal in completing the program is not solely an academic degree, but also a professional certificate or licensure? A large (enrollment 2,000+) School of Education struggled with students arriving at the end of their course of study with a number of outstanding requirements necessary for recommendation for their professional certificate. Attempts to increase communication with students, improve language in the catalog and in program handbooks did not fully address the problem. The School of Education turned to its assessment system and transition point evaluations to address this issue. Over the past year, the length of time between completion of the course of study and recommendation for the professional credential has declined, demonstrating that transition point evaluations have begun to make an impact.

Presenter:
Rebekah Harris, Director – Office of Credentials & Student Placements
Azusa Pacific

Focus Area: Assessment approaches for engagement & sustainability


Digital Poster Session:
Analytics

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Join us to learn how you can use Taskstream Analytics to provide real-time dashboards to administrators, faculty, and students that enable them to further engage them in assessment and e-portfolio activities.

Presenter:
Emily Mayer, AMS Implementation Specialist
Colleen Arrey, Director of Campus Solutions
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream


Digital Poster Session:
Common Misconceptions in the Assessment of Creative Endeavors

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Typically faculty members across disciplines have experience teaching and assessing learning outcomes such as critical thinking and written communication. But many creative programs include learning outcomes that can be judged only by experts in that field. In our experience, campus community members often misunderstand the assessment process for these fields, especially creative fields such as the arts. Non-experts tend to write off learning outcomes in those disciplines as being “totally subjective”, but experts tend to have very clear criteria for judging student works and tend to have agreement on the quality of student works. This poster presentation aims to clear up this misunderstanding by providing examples from arts disciplines.

Presenter:
Betsy Caroll, Director of Assessment & Institutional Research
Andi Sciacca, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
Culinary Institute of America

Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


Digital Poster Session:
Using E-Portfolios to Support Teacher Reflection and Renewal

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This presentation will describe the use of e-portfolios along with the importance and benefits of teacher reflection and how it can lead to professional growth and improvement. Presenters will discuss the design and implementation of e-portfolios for both an internship and a capstone experience in an online ESL/Bilingual graduate degree program. Both experiences require teachers to not only interact with the school community as advocates for ESL/Bilingual education, but to also become reflective in their classroom teaching practices. This reflection then leads to teacher development which in turn supports higher student achievement. Presenters will share results of a qualitative study conducted by the college that supports the use of the internship and capstone e-portfolio experiences as professional development and opportunities for teacher reflection and improvement.

Presenter:
Rebecca Wiehe, Assistant Chair – Curriculum & Instruction
Rochelle Franklin, Director – Faculty Training & Development
American College of Education

Focus Area: e-Portfolios


Digital Poster Session:
Taskstream: An Interdisciplinary Vehicle for Planning and Assessment in the Environmental Sciences

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program (EPP) for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) uses Taskstream as an interdisciplinary research and learning platform for environmental science. The NOAA EPP/MSI ECSC is a multi-million dollar partnership with six (6) universities throughout the United States. The ECSC’s mission is to train a new generation of environmental scientists in NOAA-related sciences, particularly from under-represented minority groups, and to develop the natural and social science tools for integrated assessments of ecosystem health in support of coastal environmental decision making. In support of our mission, the ECSC uses Taskstream as an innovative practice and strategy tool to measure and report the learning outcomes and competencies of the students and the Environmental Cooperative Science Center.

Presenter:
Richard Walker, Coordinator – Student Affairs
Bernadette Kelley, Deputy Director & Professor
Florida A&M/ NOAA-ECSC

Focus Area: Assessment approaches for engagement & sustainability


Digital Poster Session:
Multipurpose e-Portfolios

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ePortfolios demonstrate a student’s educational journey while providing educators with rich evidence of student learning outcomes. This session will demonstrate the step-by-step process of creating outcome-based ePortfolios from building buy-in with faculty, using the P-E-R-S method to engage students in regular ePortfolio submission, how to integrate program, accreditation, student learning outcomes and so much more! Vibrant demonstrations of students work, evaluation tools for faculty, and assessment evidence for program improvement will be included. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn successful strategies and hurdles to avoid while creating an ePortfolio culture.

Presenter:
Audrey Hovannesian, Associate Director of Assessment
California State University

Focus Area: e-Porfolios


Digital Poster Session:
Integration

Learn more about Taskstream’s Integration options and talk to members of Taskstream’s Integration Services team.

Presenter:
Mike Chan, Integration Services
Denise Rusinova, LAT Implementation Manager
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream


Digital Poster Session:
Transitioning to Taskstream for the Purpose of Assessment and Accreditation Needs

This session will provide an overview of the processes used by an Education Department at a Jesuit University in Pennsylvania to implement Taskstream during a pilot year. To facilitate the implementation of Taskstream before and during the pilot year, we held various professional development and faculty work sessions in order to inform faculty of the logistical and technological aspects of Taskstream and to identify signature assessments. The presentation will also discuss the student benefits of this process, including the creation of a unified system of artifacts. This presentation will also illustrate the challenges that were faced during faculty and student enrollment, identification of targeted artifacts and associated rubrics, as well as author and evaluator perspectives. The importance of continued technological and programmatic support with an implementation specialist has been found to be a crucial part of the overall success of the process.

Presenter:
Vanessa Talarico, Associate Professor & Certification Officer
Scott Reilly, Assistant Field Director
University of Scranton

Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


Digital Poster Session:
Setting Up Rubrics

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Make the most out of Taskstream’s Rubric Wizard. Learn about the various
rubric preferences and settings available in LAT.

Presenter:
Michael Fiacco, Mentoring Services Associate
Diana Romer, Director of Mentoring Services
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream


Digital Poster Session:
edTPA

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Learn more about using Taskstream as your Educator Preparation Provider’s edTPA platform, for both local and official Pearson scoring.

Presenter:
Beth Ortiz, Implementation Project Manager
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream


Roundtable Discussion:
Transition from Developmental to Professional E-Portfolio

This presentation will discuss the synthesis of the developmental and professional portfolios. Developmental portfolios document student knowledge, skills, and abilities. Upon graduation the portfolio is expected to transition to a professional showcase of competencies and accomplishments for students to share with prospective employers. How can the same collection of artifacts and student reflection fulfill both requirements? This session will provide questions and considerations for the development or redesign of student portfolios. Presenters will address issues of instruction required so that e-portfolios become part of a reflective learning and assessment process, artifact selection and evaluation, and the dichotomy of these two important portfolios models.

Presenter:
Karen Petitto, Director of the School of Education
Shirley Fortney, Associate Professor of Education
Cynthia Brissey, Director, Teaching and Learning
West Virginia Wesleyan College

Focus Area: e-Portfolios


Roundtable Discussion:
The How’s and Why’s of Integrated Planning

Integrated Planning emphasizes the use of evidence‐based data to promote the place that a school’s academic mission holds in focusing and driving campus decisions while achieving institutional distinctiveness that is sustainable. An effective planning process focuses the campus, and its various constituencies on what its choices are and how to make the right choice for the campus in an integrated way. Four key questions drive planning: Whom do we wish to serve? What programs and services will reinforce our distinctive image? How do we want to be perceived? How will we know we are succeeding? This presentation will lead participants to an understanding of how integrated planning addresses these issues as well as the issues of accountability and accreditation.

Presenter:
Jan Lubin, Director of Planning & Program Evaluation
Windward CC

Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


Roundtable Discussion:
Growing Student Engagement

Engaging students in e-portfolio and assessment practices can transform your students’ learning experience. Discuss how students can benefit from being engaged in assessment and e-portfolios. Learn how other colleges have engaged their students and discuss strategies you can use on your own campus.

Presenter:
Michelle Kusel, e-Portfolio Program Manager
Loyola University of Chicago

Dara Wexler, Director of Education Solutions
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream


Roundtable Discussion:
Engaging Faculty in Assessment

Great assessment practice is everyone’s responsibility, but sometimes difficult to get everyone excited about. Join us for a discussion of ways to engage all faculty colleagues in this work, as well as strategies for communicating its importance.

Presenter:
Andrea Barra, Manager – Assessment Strategies
Mark Guinn, AMS Implementation Specialist
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream


Roundtable Discussion:
Best Practices: Rubrics

Interested in starting or growing your use of rubrics? Are you struggling with getting faculty on board with using rubrics or getting stumped on how to align your rubrics to your outcomes? Discuss best practices for each step in your assessment path from working with faculty creating common rubrics, phrasing criteria and setting your scale, and embedding standards or outcomes. Discuss your rubric strategies, successes, and any challenges with others who have been down this path before.

Presenter:
Trudy Milburn, Director of Campus Solutions
Frank DiBartolo, Implementation Specialist
Michelle Curtis, LAT Implementation Specialist
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream


Roundtable Discussion:
e-Portfolio Initiatives: User experiences and Expert Advice

From Teacher Education, General Education, Service Learning, to Professional Portfolios, learn about different ways Taskstream users are using e-Portfolios while discussing how to implement an e-Portfolio initiative on your campus with a Taskstream Implementation Specialist.

Presenter:
Nancy Guzman, Implementation Specialist
Jamie Song, Mentoring Services Support Associate
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream


Roundtable Discussion:
Sharing Good Practices and Lessons Learned from Accreditation Visits

Whether your next on-site visit is coming up this year or is a few years down the road, since accreditation preparation is “on-going” this session will prove useful to all. During the first part of the session, participants will share good practices and lessons learned that are broad and general, yet helpful, enough to apply to all accrediting regions and bodies. During the second half of the session, participants will break into smaller groups based on accrediting region or body to ask more targeted questions and share more specific advice.

Presenter:
Thomas Perin Sr., Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness
Owens Community College

Susan Mun, AMS Implementation Manager
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream


Roundtable Discussion:
Preparing for CAEP

Whether you’re in the midst of preparing for an upcoming CAEP visit or are just beginning to transition towards CAEP following a legacy visit, join us to discuss strategies for navigating the new standards. The facilitator will also share lessons learned from her experiences leading Eastern Carolina University through a successful CAEP visit.

Presenter:
Ellen Dobson, Assistant Director, Office of Assessment and Accreditation
Eastern Carolina University

Focus Area: Planning for Assessment and Accreditation Needs

5:15pm - 6:00pm

Breakout Sessions

Combined Session

Location: KC 914

Assessing Student Achievement of General Education Learning Outcomes

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In 2010, Linfield College developed an assessment plan to assess their general education curriculum. The plan includes the collection of student exemplars to determine how well student learning outcomes are being achieved. According to the plan, students submit artifacts from aligned courses to demonstrate accomplishment of the learning outcomes, accompanied by reflections regarding how the selected artifacts demonstrate their achievements. After an unsuccessful attempt at using their existing LMS, Linfield implemented a portfolio-based approach. Taskstream is being used to manage the collection and for rubric-based evaluation of student work by multiple evaluators. Lessons learned will be shared including examples of rubrics, reflection prompts, performance reports by learning outcome, and curricular changes they’ve made based on the data gathered over the last four years.

Presenter:
Martha VanCleave, Professor of Mathematics & e-Portfolio Coordinator
Linfield College

Clarifying Student Educational Paths Using Milestones

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At institutions where students have flexibility in choosing courses, they often struggle to see a master plan for their learning. At our institution, students must pass several such milestones before moving on in the program. We have found this to have several benefits:

● Faculty coordinate course content for classes of multiple types (lab, lecture, etc), resulting in exceptional, organized curriculum development.
● Expectations for programs and courses are explicitly shared with students in the form of course guides.
● Lower level classes are valued equally with upper level classes, since they are identified as part of a progression.
● Student success is strengthened: passing milestones sets students up for achievement in the next series of courses.
● Students are encouraged to assume the role of active agent in their own educational processes.

In this session, we advocate that milestones (based on specific learning outcomes) can help clarify the educational path for students.

Presenter:
Betsy Carroll, Director of Assessment & Institutional Research
Andi Sciacca, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
The Culinary Institute of America


Focus Area: Planning for Assessment and Accreditation Needs


Combined Session

Location: KC 905/907

Taskstream and Teacher Education: Best Practices for Collaboration and Implementation

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This session will explore best practices and strategies for utilizing Taskstream to develop a comprehensive database for field experiences in a Teacher Education Program. Specifically this session will focus on the use of Taskstream to provide students with strong mentorship and professional models, while complying with both New York State requirements and NCATE Accreditation. We will outline the integration and collaboration between content area specialist (in this case The office of Clinical Studies in the Department of Teaching and Learning) and Technology Specialist (in this case Academic Technology Services).

Presenter:
Ilana Levinson, Manager – Academic Technology Services
Kate Legnetti, Field Administrator – Early Childhood & Childhood Programs
NYU

Peeling The Onion: Using Taskstream to Manage Multiple Layers of Assessment

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By creatively structuring portfolios with a variety reports in mind, users will be able to produce more efficient and accurate data to satisfy reporting requirements. Taskstream simplifies collection of data not just for accreditation, but also for metrics reports and state-mandated reporting. Facilitators will demonstrate methods of setting up assessment portfolios to allow for efficient data collection on multiple levels of assessment.

Presenter:
Jennifer Roman, Accreditation and Assessment Analyst
Walsh University


Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


Crawl, Walk, RUN!: Leveraging Taskstream as the foundation for assessment culture change

Location: KC 909

Real, meaningful culture change takes time and requires nurturing in order to become deeply rooted. At Johnson & Wales University (JWU), we’ve committed to a multi-year transformation of our outcomes assessment process and are strategically using our adoption of Taskstream as a stimulus for creating a shared university culture of evidence.

In this session, our Preliminary Pilot Assessment (PPA) process will be presented as a model for fostering faculty engagement in building the infrastructure for program outcomes assessment. Best practices and lessons-learned will provide participants with important insights for possible application of our approach within their own institutions.

Presenter:
Jennifer Galipeau, Director of Outcomes Assessment
Johnson & Wales University

Focus Area: Assessment approaches for engagement & sustainability


Using AMS for Program Review

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Location: KC 912

Did you know that you could use Taskstream’s Accountability Management System (AMS) to manage program review? Learn how different institutions are using AMS to document program missions, goals, and plans, align program review with assessment processes and resource allocation, facilitate dialogue, and manage workflow, including submission and review/approval. Whether your institution has a fully matured program review process or is just beginning to establish one, this session will prove useful for navigating the ins and outs of program review with AMS.

Presenter:
Susan Mun, AMS Implementation Manager
Emily Mayer, AMS Implementation Specialist
Mark Guinn, AMS Implementation Specialist
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream

6:00pm - 8:30pm

Opening Reception, Dinner & a Look Ahead for Taskstream

Location: E&L Ballroom

Join us for hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and a gourmet three course meal! Plus, learn more about Taskstream’s vision and future direction.

Tuesday, June 23

Location: Kimmel Center, New York University
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8:15am - 9:00am

Breakfast and Meet & Greet with Mentoring Services

Location: KC405/406

9:00am - 10:30am

Plenary Address

Ken Bain

President, Best Teachers Institute

“Fostering Deep Learning and Adaptive Expertise”

Location: E&L Ballroom

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Research suggests that many students will never intend to understand, apply, or think about the implications or possibilities of what they are studying. Instead, they will predominantly intend to make a good grade or simply to survive the course, neither of which is the intention to learn deeply. Unfortunately, such results often stem from well-meaning but misguided educational practices that often produce surface or strategic learning at best. But that need not be the case.

A rich body of research points to a much different and far more satisfying result. In this highly interactive session we will explore and apply that research and learn how to foster the deepest of intentions and achievements. We will explore the concept of adaptive expertise and how we can foster that kind of expertise in our students, producing graduates who are prepared to address the rapidly changing and complex issues of our times.

11:00am - 11:45am

Breakout Sessions

Combined Session

Location: KC 914

Integrative ePortfolios for teaching, learning, reflection, transformation, and assessment

The ePortfolio Program at Loyola University Chicago is designed to support students, faculty, and staff in the process of creating dynamic, engaging ePortfolios as a tool for teaching, learning, reflection, transformation, and assessment. This session will discuss this integrative approach. Specifically, we will discuss projects and programs such as our Loyola Experience 4-year ePortfolio and our faculty/staff ePortfolio challenge, as well as specific tactics we are using for students to explore various ways to reflect, such as using Web 2.0 tools.

Presenter:
Michelle Kusel, e-Portfolio Program Manager
Patrick Green, Director, Center for Experiential Learning
Loyola University Chicago

Achieving Assessment Success with e-Portfolios

This session will discuss how The Citadel implemented an E- Portfolio program that complements its unique, 4-year Leadership Development Model and provides a central platform for collecting and assessing evidence that students are achieving general education learning outcomes. Also to be addressed is the role of the E-Portfolio program in the institution’s overall assessment program, use of AAC&U VALUE Rubrics, engaging faculty in assessment, and continuous improvement. The session will end with a chance for participants to share best methods of faculty engagement, communication of assessment results, and closing the loop.

Presenter:
Todd Shealy, Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator
The Citadel


Focus Area: e-Portfolios


Combined Session

Location: KC 905/907

Preparing Students for Video Assessment

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As our college moves forward with a pilot of edTPA and initiates other video assessments, we found a significant point of stress for teacher candidates to be the mechanics of recording and editing video. We needed to quickly improve students’ skills at multiple points in the curriculum. A complicating factor is the need to support face-to-face as well as online students. In this session, we’ll share interventions that we developed to support students with video assessments required for the edTPA. This includes providing students with video tutorials, live workshops, equipment for checkout, and video sharing services. We will share lessons learned, recommendations, and provide time for participants to interact with equipment we check out to students.

Presenter:
Lee Nickles, Assistant to the Dean for Technology & Curriculum
Misty Colton, Instructional Technology Support Associate
Western Carolina University

Assessment is more than Numbers: Working to Improve Teacher Education Programs with Taskstream’s Integrated edTPA Submission Process

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SUNY Cortland, one of New York states’ largest educator preparation providers, remains actively involved in analyzing our teacher preparation curriculum to identify gaps and areas of weakness. With the use of Taskstream, this process has gained some uniformity, especially in the area of edTPA performance evaluation. This session will demonstrate how implementation and use of Taskstream’s integrated submission process has added to our effectiveness to compile, organize, review, and analyze edTPA student submissions across eleven teacher education programs. With the use of several different Taskstream tools, assessment of student work is beyond just a numerical edTPA rubric score. Instead, as the student’s scores arrive they added to a program copy in Taskstream and a systematic review of the student’s work with corresponding grade is available for analysis. This process has become a vehicle to authentically assess and develop understandings of patterns, challenges, and successes for our teacher education programs.

Presenter:
Chris Widdall, Assistant Professor & Campus Taskstream Coordinator
SUNY Cortland


Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


Measuring, Monitoring, and Reporting progress on your Institutional Strategic Plan

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Location: KC 909

In 2012, South Piedmont Community College conducted environmental scanning and community wide listening sessions to gather quantitative and qualitative data in preparation for a new strategic plan. The plan was developed along with associated operational tasks designed to provide direct measurement of progress on the strategic goals. Learn how South Piedmont used the Accountability Management System (AMS) by Taskstream to monitor strategic plan progress and provide a variety of robust reporting options for internal and external stakeholders. This session will also elaborate on how strategic planning integrates with assessment, institutional research, and budget planning to sustain institutional effectiveness at the College.

Presenter:
Jill Millard, Associate Vice President of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness
Marci Jackson, Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
South Piedmont Community College

Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


An Introduction to AMS Reporting and Analytics

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Location: KC 912

How do you know your institution is accomplishing its mission? With the Accountability Management System (AMS) by Taskstream, you are empowered with a variety of tools to help your school assess, improve, and demonstrate effectiveness at all levels. In this session, we’ll look at reports that help you glean meaningful information on outcomes assessment at your organization to drive continuous improvement and ensure institutional effectiveness. See how these reports can help you ensure accountability, outcomes alignment, engagement, and quality assurance at a glance. This session is intended for both current AMS users and those considering the system for their institution.

Presenter:
Susan Mun, AMS Implementation Manager
Mark Guinn, AMS Implementation Specialist
Emily Mayer, AMS Implementation Specialist
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Luncheon Session

Terrel Rhodes

Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, AAC&U

“The AAC&U VALUE/MSC Initiative – Beyond the Rubrics to a Multi-State Assessment Initiative”

Location: E&L Ballroom

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Eight years ago, teams of faculty and other educational professionals from over 100 higher education institutions began developing a set of 16 rubrics to assess the AAC&U LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. Today, most institutions have at least heard of the VALUE rubrics, if they’re not using them in some way with their students. Now AAC&U and the State Higher Education Executive Officers are piloting the use of the rubrics to score student work samples from nearly ninety institutions across the country, including 2-year, 4-year, public, and private with the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment. Learn more about this groundbreaking multi-state assessment initiative, how it started and where it is headed. You’ll also have a chance to see the powerful, streamlined new technology from Taskstream that AAC&U is using to enable this work.

1:45pm - 2:30pm

Breakout Sessions

A Deeper Dive into the AAC&U VALUE/MSC Initiative Methodology and Reporting

Location: KC 914

Thinking about your institution’s general education assessment plan? Interested in learning more about how AAC&U and SHEEO sampled student work or recruited faculty evaluators for the VALUE/Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment initiative to see what might be relevant for your institution? This session will provide more details about the pilot study design and tactical challenges, as well as the project’s reporting plans.

Presenter:
Terrel Rhodes, Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment
AAC&U

Focus Area: General education/competency-based assessment


Data, Data, and More Data: How to Generate Information for Outcomes Assessment

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Location: KC 905/907

In the rush to collect data for reporting purposes, institutional research and assessment offices can forget to connect what data is being collected and why the data is being collected with the how it’s being collected for faculty. Faculty are an integral component of the assessment process. Having faculty understanding and engagement is critical for the successful implementation of any assessment activity that involves the collection of course-level and program-level data for institutional level reporting requirements. Demonstrating to faculty how their classroom activities flow into the assessment process helps bridge the gap between just data and useful information. Using the Quality Enhancement Plan as an example, the presenters will explain how faculty engagement in the assessment process was initiated and sustained at El Centro College. Results of the assessment activities are uploaded into Taskstream for documentation.

Presenter:
Teresa Isbell, Dean – Planning, Research, & Institutional Effectiveness
Deva Arumugam, QEP Director & Faculty
El Centro College

Focus Area: Assessment approaches for engagement & sustainability


Six Phases for Transitioning to Taskstream

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Location: KC 909

This presentation will focus on a 6-phase rollout for transitioning traditional education preparation programs into Taskstream, whether moving from previous data system to Taskstream or Taskstream is the first centralized data system. These 6 phases can play an integral role in building a solid foundation that
fosters a culture of data and evidence that not only allows for transparency, but also clarifies the process, manages expectations, reduces anxiety, and requires faculty collaboration. We will share best practices, challenges and lessons learned for on-boarding programs into a data system. This session will also touch on our experiences with data wrangling (round-up), data monitoring and reporting. We will use PowerPoint to present how we have planned for assessment and accreditation needs and the processes we put in place to assist with managing our school-wide Taskstream data system.

Presenters:
Ellen Wanjiru, Program Data Analyst
Leslie Ward, Assistant Director – Division of Data Systems & Assessment
George Washington University

Focus Area: Planning for assessment and accreditation needs


A Practical Guide to Implementing e-Portfolios on Your Campus

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Location: KC 912

This session will provide an overview of how you can use Taskstream e-portfolios to support assessment, encourage integrative learning, and help students showcase their achievements. We’ll share examples of different ways you can implement e-portfolios in Taskstream, what each approach looks like from the student perspective, and discuss implications for assessment and reporting. We’ll also discuss key questions to consider in order to determine which approach to e-portfolios best aligns with your goals.

Presenters:
Allison Holt, Account Services Manager
Jamie Song, Mentoring Services Associate
Taskstream

Focus Area: Direct from Taskstream

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Coffee Break

Location: 405/406

2:45pm - 4:00pm

Featured Session

Marilee Bresciani Ludvik

Professor of Postsecondary Educational Leadership at San Diego State University

“The Neuroscience of Learning and Development”

Location: E&L Ballroom

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Is higher education preparing our students for a world in which they will have to contend with uncertainty and ambiguity? Are we addressing employers’ concerns that graduates do not possess the creative, critical thinking and communication skills needed in the workplace? This presentation starts from the premise that our current linear, course-based, educational practices are frequently at odds with how our neurological system facilitates learning and personal development. In contrast, Dr. Ludvik will present an alternative model emphasizing a holistic approach to education that integrates mindful inquiry practice, self-authorship and the regulation of emotion as the cornerstones of learning, and will demonstrate how these align with the latest discoveries of brain science.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Closing Address
Location: E&L Ballroom

Wednesday, June 24

Location: Taskstream Headquarters
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9:00am - 9:20am

Tour of Taskstream Offices

Location: Taskstream Headquarters (71 W. 23rd Street, 14th Floor)

9:00am - 4:15pm

Workshops

(Additional registration is required to attend workshops.)

Location: Taskstream Headquarters (71 W. 23rd Street, 14th Floor)

Show Me the Learning!
9:00 – 10:30am

With so many stakeholders coming from so many directions demanding that students, faculty and institutions be able to show what students have learned, we are fortunate to have both technology and tools that can respond to those demands. This session will examine the power of rubrics, specifically the VALUE rubrics, as a tool that facilitates using existing student work from assignments, existing faculty expertise and transparent evidence of student levels of achievement that provide actionable evidence to enhance learning. We also will examine resources available, most recent employer survey views, examples of campus use of VALUE results and trends in accreditation and workforce development built around this engaged approach to assessment.

Who Should Attend: Faculty, academic and student affairs professionals, individuals responsible for assessment and accreditation.

Terrel Rhodes, Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment
AAC&U


Reliability & Validity in Assessment Instruments: A Hands-On Approach
10:45 – 1:45pm

This workshop will provide both an overview and a practical application of understanding how to make a variety of assessments reliable and valid. Presenters will discuss types of reliability and validity as well as ways to ensure your assessments meet those standards, both for internal and external stakeholders. Participants are asked to bring an assessment relevant to their current position (for example: a program or department assessment, general education assessment, or college/university wide assessment) to analyze during the course of the workshop in order to put theory into practice. Participants will work with each other to learn how to improve their assessments and gain confidence in the results they obtain. Lunch will also be provided!

What To Bring? An assessment relevant to your current position

Who Should Attend: This workshop is relevant to any participant who would like to gain a better understanding of reliability and validity at any level. It will be especially helpful for those in educator preparation programs who are working toward CAEP accreditation, as well as faculty or staff in charge of creating assessments in any capacity.

Donna Sundre, Executive Director – Center for Assessment & Research Studies
James Madison University

Glenda Breaux, Formative Evaluation Specialist
CAEP

Andrea Barra, Manager – Assessment Strategies
Taskstream


Sharing Data to Engage Faculty
2:00 – 3:30pm

Sharing program performance data with faculty is a critical best practice when trying to engage the community and stimulate a culture of assessment on your campus. Ongoing regular group sessions, designed to encourage program and performance reflection based on student learning outcomes, satisfaction, and other stakeholder data is one of the best ways to connect assessment and learning for practitioners. Taskstream provides a number of ways to share data with faculty and stimulate interest in standards and outcomes. In this workshop, we will explore ways you can use performance data collected in Taskstream to build faculty engagement and inform critical decisions.

What To Bring? A laptop

Who Should Attend: Appropriate for AMS and LAT platform users. Ideal for those who have accumulated performance data in the system, or recent adopters interested in gaining a sense of the big picture.

Andrea Barra, Manager of Assessment Strategies
Mark Guinn, AMS Implementation Specialist
Emily Mayer, AMS Implementation Specialist
Taskstream
Matthew Gulliford, Learning & Assessment Specialist
Baruch College


Collecting Data from External Stakeholders: Review Your Options
2:00 – 3:30pm

As fieldwork, internships, practicums, and other hands-on experiences have become integral to the teaching and learning of virtually all fields of study, academic programs have come to rely on assessment of student performance in these experiences as an important indicator of program effectiveness. Data related to these experiences often requires external stakeholder participation as the primary assessor. During this session, we will review the range of options available for collecting student performance data from external stakeholders, as well as ways to coordinate the process.

What To Bring? A laptop

Who Should Attend: Appropriate for any LAT and AMS users who need to collect and report on external stakeholders.

Frank DiBartolo, LAT Implementation Specialist
Nancy Guzman, LAT Implementation Specialist
Taskstream


Using AMS: A Hands On Experience
2:00 – 3:30pm

AMS provides users one central location for assessment planning, program review, closing the loop, as well as a wide variety of other institution-specific tasks. In this workshop, new users will master the nuts-and-bolts they need to begin using Taskstream. During the first part of the workshop, participants will learn about the basic steps to using AMS for program outcomes assessment. Following the introduction, participants will practice inputting outcomes and then completing a curriculum map that aligns course outcomes to program or institutional outcomes. During the second half of the workshop, participants will begin to plan to measure an outcome and consider how to follow up on findings. All participants will leave with a copy of their completed curriculum map.

Melissa Helvey, Manager – Campus Solutions
Taskstream


LAT: A Complete User Experience
3:45 – 5:15pm

LAT allows users to collect data, evaluate student performance using a variety of evaluation methods, and perform intuitive reporting to illuminate areas of strengths and weaknesses. During the first part of this interactive workshop, participants will experience both the student and faculty perspective in submitting and assessing student work, becoming familiar with the flexibility and ease of the solution. During the second half of the workshops, participants will be guided through a variety of reports using data produced during this workshop. As a group, we will then evaluate the reports and make recommendations to close the loop through data-driven decisions.

*NOTE: This workshop partners well with, “Using AMS: A Hands On Experience”, but attendance at both sessions is not required to provide value.

Melissa Helvey, Manager – Campus Solutions
Taskstream

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