Past Assessment Speakers

Tony Piña presented a workshop about online courses Friday February 3, 2012 <click to view flier>

Developing and Assessing Quality Online Courses and Programs <Click to view workshop handout>

Dr Piña serves as Dean of Online Studies and Distinguished Lecturer at Sullivan University in Kentucky. He has over 15 years experience in online education and continues to teach and oversee an academic division that delivers over 400 online courses and online degree and certificate programs to more than 3,000 students with 150 faculty who teach online. He has published widely in the field of online learning and has delivered over 130 conference presentations and 200 training workshops for faculty related to online learning and educational technology

Helen Barrett presented two workshops on ePortfolios Friday October 21, 2011 <click to view flier>

Morning Workshop: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sky Room, Holmes Students Center
Overview of ePortfolios, Indlucing Student Voices

Afternoon Workshop: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sky Room, Holmes Student Center
Implementation of ePortfolios: A Conversation

Dr. Helen Barrett (Retired, College of Education, University of Alaska-Anchorage) has been researching strategies and technologies for electronic portfolios since 1991. Dr. Barrett publishes a website electronicportfolios.org and has published numerous book chapters and articles on electronic portfolios.


Joan Hawthorne

Dr. Hawthorne is Associate Provost for Assessment and Achievement at the University of North Dakota. She presented two workshops at NIU on March 25, 2011

Morning Session: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Broadening Participation in the Assessment of Student Communication Skills

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Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Strategies to Measure Student Writing Skills in Your Disciplines

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Marilee Bresciani

Dr. Bresciani is Professor of Postsecondary Education Leadership at San Diego State University. She presented two workshops at NIU on October 15, 2010

Morning Session: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
The First Steps Toward Identifying Student Learning

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Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Baccalaureate Reform: Strategies to Move Forward

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Catherine Wehlburg

Catherine Wehlburg, Director of the Office for Assessment and Quality Enhancement at Texas Christian University presented two workshops on October 16, 2009

Morning Session: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Faculty Learning Groups: More Than Just Another Committee

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Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Measurable Outcomes and Meaningful Measures

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Susan Hatfield

Susan Hatfield, Director of Assessment and Accreditation and Winona State University  presented two workshops at NIU on March 20th. 

Morning Session: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Leave No Outcome Behind: Teaching, Learning and Assessment

While creating a Campus Culture of Assessment, the emphasis of assessment should be on how data can be used to improve student learning. This interactive session will examine the differences between assessment initiatives and learning initiatives and discuss how a shift can be facilitated from a culture of teaching to a culture of learning

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Afternoon Session:  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Getting Students Involved in Assessment

Most universities think about getting students involved in assessment simply as participants in the process -- filling out surveys, participating in focus groups, or providing evidence of learning. This workshop, by Dr. Susan Hatfield, will explore ways that students can play multiple roles in an assessment initiative. Specific topics include discussions on how students can: help create the processes and infrastructure of assessment, be encouraged to participate in assessment activities, become engaged in data interpretation, and assist in reporting results of assessment. Using Winona State's Assessment Day as an example, activities and exercises will be utilized to demonstrate techniques to engage students in all phases of an assessment initiative. Advanced registration is required

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