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  • Gannon University’s Ninth Annual Regional Symposium

     Next steps in Program Assessment, Incorporating Blackboard and Automated Outcomes reporting

      Goal: This symposium will target best practices in Program Outcomes Assessment and how they can be incorporated into Gannon University’s goal of Automated Assessment by providing current practical strategies for review, planning, effectiveness, and implementing automated data collection and rubric scoring. Attendees will participate in activities that involve exploring their program’s assessment plan; systematically identifying goals, rubrics, assignments, and expected outcomes to meet the University’s next steps implementing and collecting data; and interacting with a panel presentation of Gannon University’s pilot team using Blackboard Outcomes as an assessment gathering tool.

    Who should attend: Whether one is just starting to explore or well down the path of institutional assessment, the ideas, approaches, and practices to be shared at the conference by attendees and presenters will be beneficial to all. Faculty, program chairs, program directors, academic administrations, and university instructional designers who assist faculty with course development and aligning assignments for assessment will be able to participate and learn something of value that can be incorporated immediately into enhancing program and institutional assessment to meet the University’s next steps in Outcomes Assessment.


     Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00PM

     Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

     Location: Yehl - in the Waldron Center

     Cost: This symposium is subsidized by CETL

    Dr. Ruth Newberry, Senior Consulting Specialist with Blackboard

      Symposium Format: 

    • The symposium will include information sharing from Dr. Ruth Newberry, Senior Consulting Specialist with Blackboard and Gannon’s project support to launch automate assessment using Blackboard Outcomes Assessment.  
      • Dr. Newberry will be presenting current best practices and facilitating an interactive discussion with participants.
    • A panel presentation from Gannon University’s pilot project team will include strategies, challenges, and successes the team experienced rolling out Blackboard Outcomes Assessment as the collection tool. 
    • All participants will participate in collaborative sharing while working through a planning and tracking process that will serve as a take away from the session to be used in their own program.
    Dr. Newberry suggests, “It doesn’t matter the LMS or system used, in today’s learning environment effective program assessment is about 80% assessment planning and 20% technology, a 20% that can seem daunting but can be overcome through effective planning strategies.”


    Refreshments: A continental breakfast and lunch will be served with coffee and drinks throughout the day.


    Gannon University Employees click here and scroll down to find the May 20, 2015 listing for "Regional Symposium - Outcomes Assessment".  Click the "Click to Register" link for this event.

     Non-Gannon University employees click here to email CETL. If this link does not work for you, please email with the subject "2015 Regional Symposium Registration". 

    Please include your name and organization in the body of the email.



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