Assessment Learning Exchange

A collaborative exchange among AALHE members

Assessment Learning Exchange (ALE) is a gathering of assessment practitioners to informally share experiences, reflect on one’s own practices, gather new ideas, and experience a sense of community through themed conversations. Initiated in 2020, ALE aims to match AALHE members for themed assessment conversations.

ALE plans to offer quarterly events in February, May, August, and November for 75-minute conversations on Wednesdays at 3pm Eastern Time. During the conversation, participants exchange their experiences, listen, receive feedback, and engage in wondering and pondering about a pre-selected focal topic.

Who can participate?
AALHE members.

Register for the upcoming ALEs via Zoom
Challenges and Opportunities of AI in Assessing Students’ Learning
Time and Date: 11/08/2023, 3-4:15pm ET / 2-3:15pm CT

Description: Participants may explore different topics related to challenges and opportunities of using generative AI (e.g., ChatGPT) in learning assessment work, including: organizing professional development for instructors; using AI to assist program-level assessment work for both curricular and co-curricular programs; institutional-level policies and practices related to AI; and using AI to aid practitioner’s workflow. The group-generated ideas and resources will be shared with all AALHE members.

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Do I need to be an expert on the topic?
No, certainly not! You should have some experience with the topic so you can contribute to the conversation and can ask questions.

Can you explain how this works?
In each ALE session, you will join 3 to 6 peers in a Zoom breakout room and converse about a pre-selected focal topic/issue and its subtopics. The facilitator will guide the discussions on:Successful strategies that you carried out or experienced.Challenges that you experience and one area that you would like feedback onExchange of ideas and thoughtsSummarizing group take-aways   

Tip: Before each conversation, prepare one experience to share (a learning moment or a moment you’d like advice on) and one area that you want to seek feedback.

How will we meet? What technology is needed?

The ALE will take place in Zoom breakout rooms each with 3-6 participants in facilitated informal conversations in breakout rooms, representing different topical areas or context.

What will I get out of the ALE?
Participation in the ALE will help youenhance your practice while helping others to do increasingly valuable assessment work;develop new networks, meet new people, and strengthen bonds;advance the professionalism of assessment practitioners and scholars;contribute to scholarships that will advance the field.Some ALE conversations may seed larger projects or longer-term collaborations. We encourage you to consider how your ALE “learningful” conversations could result in an AALHE conference presentation, webinar, workshop, or article in an AALHE publication.

Who can I contact for more information?
Email us at [email protected]

Terry Barmann
Deborah Blanchard
Fiona Chrystall (Board Liaison)
Chadd Engel (Vice Chair)
Shannon Helfinstine
Yao Hill (Chair)