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NILOA In the Field

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March 2018

In March, NILOA staff and coaches participated in various conferences, presentations and meetings with a focus on advancing student success and learning improvement. We participated in Advising Matters conference, presented at the Tuning Academy, attended Nanyang Technological University’s The annual Learning and Teaching Conference and Learning Improvement Summit. Additionally, NILOA Senior Scholar, Dr. George Kuh keynoted The Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association of New Jersey (EOFPANJ) 2018 Spring Conference. NILOA staff facilitated a webinar on assignment charrettes, a workshop at the Changing Classroom Cultures 12th Annual Conference, and delivered presentations during Promoting Student Transition and Equity in the 21st Century Higher Education conference.

The Advising Matters conference took place in Blacksburg, VA, on March 1. NILOA Senior Scholar, Dr. George Kuh, delivered a keynote Advising for Student Success: Why & How HIPs Matter. The theme for this year’s conference was "Advising Matters: Facilitating Student Success through Experiential Learning".
The Advising Matters Conference is designed to be an economical way to offer access to a quality advising professional development opportunity for advisors at Virginia Tech, the state, and region. The conference is a one-day event including an opening session, concurrent sessions, and other activities with the goal of enhancing advising knowledge and skills for faculty and staff while also increasing effectiveness of the institution’s advising programs.

The Tuning Academy Visiting Researcher presentation took place in Bilbao, Spain, on March 7. NILOA Coach, Dr. Daniel J. McInerney delivered a presentation The American Historical Association Tuning Project: Impact on the History Discipline After Six Years. Dr. McInerney’s session focused on the results of a survey on Tuning conducted with historians across the United States. He examined the impact that Tuning has had after six years on course design, assignments, curricula, pedagogy, assessment, and the broader “culture” of historical scholarship and teaching.

The T3 Innovation Network meeting occurred on March 7 with leading employers, universities and colleges, technical standards organizations, technology vendors, and others to explore the convergence of web 3.0 technologies for various constituency groups. NILOA Director, Dr. Natasha Jankowski participated in the meeting on identifying points of convergence with assessment. NILOA staff will be involved in two work groups within the innovation network.

Nanyang Technological University’s annual Learning and Teaching Conference: from Good to Great 2018 took place in Singapore on March 8, 2018. NILOA Senior Scholar, Dr. George Kuh, delivered a keynote What Matters to Student Success: The Promise of High-Impact Practices. Furthermore, Dr. Kuh also conducted a workshop at the event, Being Intentional About What We Want Students to Learn, adapted from NILOA’s assignment design charrette format. The Learning and Teaching Conference is organized annually around a theme that is pertinent in higher education practices and invites participants to join the conversation. In addition, the event aims to build a platform for collaboration in teaching practices and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL).

A Learning Improvement Summit took place in Auburn, AL, between March 11-13. NILOA Director, Dr. Natasha Jankowski took part in the event, along with Senior Scholars, Dr. Jillian Kinzie and Dr. Pat Hutchings. Dr. Jankowski facilitated Big Plans –Building Learning Improvement Infrastructure from Scratch. Dr. Kinzie delivered a presentation along with fellow scholars Dr. Keston Fulcher and Dr. Monica Stitt-Bergh, Learning Improvement Foundations for Practice –A Continuum of Opportunities. Dr. Hutchings facilitated the workshop Assessment & Faculty Development: Better Together. The Learning Improvement Summit focuses on providing an opportunity for leaders in assessment, educational development, and higher education policy to learn, develop, and advance programmatic student learning improvement in the United States and beyond.

A WASC Off Site Review team meeting took place in Alameda, CA, between March 13-14. NILOA Senior Scholar, Dr. George Kuh, chaired the meeting. The focus of the Offsite Review is to make preliminary findings based upon the institutional report and supplementary documents. The institution submits its institutional report and exhibits 10 weeks prior to the Offsite Review. The review team then convenes to evaluate the institution and its compliance with its Standards.

The Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association of New Jersey (EOFPANJ) 2018 Spring Conference took place in Atlantic City, NJ, between March 20-23. NILOA Senior Scholar, Dr. George Kuh delivered a keynote What Matters to Student Success: The Promise of High-Impact Practices.EOFPANJ advocates on behalf of Education Opportunity Fund (EOF) Programs, which serve educationally and economically, disadvantaged students. EOFPANJ keeps abreast of and monitors legislation and policy decisions that may have a direct or indirect affect upon the EOF constituency. EOFPANJ provides a venue for professional development of its members and a clearinghouse of resources relevant to the achievement of their mission. Notably, the organization is celebrating 50 years of advocating for and supporting student success.

A NILOA Webinar Facilitating an Assignment Charrette: Providing Space for Faculty-Led Conversations on Assignment Design was aired on March 22. The webinar was presented by NILOA Director, Dr. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA Assistant Director, Dr. Gianina Baker, and Associate for Assessment Policy & Analysis at State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), Dr. Jodi Fisler. The webinar was aimed at teaching participants the necessary skills to lead assignment conversations along with access to resources to support them in their work going forward. The recording of the webinar is available here and access to Assignment Charrette Toolkit can be found here.

The Changing Classroom Cultures 12th Annual Conference took place in Lexington, KY, on March 24. The conference was organized by Bluegrass Community and Technical College with assessment at its focus. NILOA Director, Dr. Natasha Jankowski presented a keynote A Field in Flux and facilitated a workshop Assessing Learning Outcomes through Aligned Assignments.

The 5th Annual LEAP Texas Conference Promoting Student Transition and Equity in 21st Century Higher Education took place in Houston, TX between March 25-27. NILOA Director, Dr. Natasha Jankowski, facilitated a workshop Building Equity into your Institutional Assessment Efforts. Dr. Jankowski also facilitated an open-ended Q&A session, followed by a plenary session. Moving Assessment Forward.

LEAP Texas is a collaborative of more than 60 higher education institutions with the capacity to reach more than 750,000 students. It is a collection of institutions with common issues and shared purpose of providing a structure through which Texas public and private institutions of higher education can communicate, organize, and develop plans and policy recommendations that address their common interests of student success and the improvement of higher education in Texas.

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