AALHE 2022 Conference Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals closed on February 21. 

The Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) invites proposals from the assessment community for the 2022 Assessment Conference. Both AALHE members and non-members may submit proposals for the AALHE 2022 Conference.

Conference Theme

The theme of the 2022 AALHE Conference is Communities of Assessment: Reengaging and Learning Together. The theme is representative of the various communities of assessment that exist within higher education and is descriptive of the hybrid learning experience the Conference Committee is planning. In alignment with the theme, the AALHE Conference Committee seeks to create a conference experience that inspires and connects us as we reengage and learn together to support the assessment of student learning.

Session Delivery: Options for Hybrid Learning and Engagement

The 2022 Conference will take place June 6-9, 2022 as a hybrid experience that includes placed-based learning in Providence, Rhode Island and online virtual learning on the Whova platform. Proposal authors may select their preferred delivery mode for their session including: 

  • Live In-Person (Providence, Rhode Island; all session types except Lightening Sessions)

  • On-Demand Pre-Recorded (Virtual Whova Platform; all session types except Pre-Conference Workshops)

  • Both Live In-Person AND On-Demand Pre-Recorded (Providence, Rhode Island and Virtual Whova Platform; all session types except Pre-Conference Workshops and Lightning Sessions)

  • Synchronous Online (Virtual Whova Platform; an option for virtual Pre-Conference Workshops Only)

Proposal authors who select On-Demand Pre-Recorded options will be invited to participate in a live text-based Question and Answer session in the Whova Virtual Conference platform.

Session Types

The conference curriculum will have six session types and proposal authors are invited to select the session type they believe best aligns with their proposed session format and content.

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: (3-hour half day or 5-hour full day, 1-4 facilitators): A Pre-Conference Workshop is a working session that engages participants in developing skills in specific models and strategies in assessment practice. Pre-Conference Workshops provide attendees an opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills with additional time for interaction. Pre-Conference Workshop presenters receive a small honorarium for facilitating this in-depth, interactive, and extended learning experience. Pre-Conference Workshops are 3-hour half day or 5-hour full day sessions that occur prior to the conference beginning. Session Delivery: Live In-Person or Synchronous Online; Proposal submissions are due February 21, 2022 (extended from January 14).
  • Dialogue Session (45 minutes; 1–4 facilitators): A Dialogue Session is an engaging session that provides time for colleagues to discuss a topic or an emerging issue relevant to the assessment of learning in higher education through iterative sharing of expertise and experiences. In this interactive session, facilitator(s) assist the group in examining topics and strategies for moving forward given the professional reality and expertise of each individual in the room. Session Delivery Options: Live In-Person, On-Demand or Both. 

  • Panel Session (45 minutes, 1 moderator): Panel Sessions are structured conversations about a specific issue or topic. Panel Sessions specify a current or emerging issue to be addressed, establish an initial set of questions and are moderated. These sessions also include an opportunity for questions from attendees to expand upon panelists' responses. Session Delivery Options: Live In-Person, On-Demand or Both.

  • Pre-Recorded On-Demand Lightning Session (15 minutes, 1-2 facilitators): Lightning Sessions provide opportunities for a short, brief and specific topic engagement. These sessions invite graduate students, seasoned professionals, and everyone in between, to present best practices, thought exercises, and imaginative ideas related to learning assessment in a concise manner. A lightning session should spark new insights and conversations among viewers. Presenters will pre-record 15-minute presentations that will be made available in an on-demand format on the conference platform. Session Delivery: On-Demand. 
  • Research Session (45 minutes, up to 4 presenters): Research Sessions provide the opportunity to share scholarship on topics related to the assessment of student learning. Presenters accepted are encouraged to submit a corresponding paper for the Annual Conference Proceedings. Session Delivery Options: Live In-Person, On-Demand or Both.

  • Skill Development Workshop-Theory to Practice (90 minutes, 1-4 facilitators): Skill Development Workshops provide opportunities for participants to bridge theory with practice. These extended working sessions engage participants in models or strategies that address specific opportunities or challenges in student learning assessment. Session Delivery: Live In-Person. 

Session Tracks

The conference curriculum will have four tracks and proposal authors are invited to select the track they believe best represents their content.

  • Communities of Data: Using and communicating data and to ensure all students are learning. This track focuses on sharing practices of assessment data collection, representation or visualization to inform improvements to curriculum and instruction.

  • Communities of Engagement: Engaging and building relationships with faculty and staff in learning outcomes assessment. This track focuses on creating a supportive culture that engages in outcomes assessment to improve student learning.

  • Communities of Inclusion: Practices that engage diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of student learning assessment. This track focuses on advocating for equity through assessment practices.

  • Communities of Innovation: Sharing innovative and transformative practices to improve teaching and student learning. This track focuses on the application and practice of new methods or research in student learning assessment.

Session Levels

The conference curriculum will feature four levels of content to support attendees with identifying conference content that meets their needs. Proposal authors are invited to select the level(s) they believe best represents their content. 

  • Introductory - Introductory sessions are designed to serve attendees with a novice understanding of assessment. Sessions will include definitions and context that may not be necessary for intermediate or advanced sessions. While the subject matter may be quite complex, the session assumes a beginner-level understanding of assessment and assessment practices. These sessions are appropriate for entry-level assessment professionals, faculty who may be new to the assessment conversation at their institution, and graduate students.

  • Intermediate - Intermediate sessions are designed to serve attendees with an established understanding of assessment. Session presenters assume an active assessment vocabulary and some experience with assessment activities. The subject matter will naturally be more complex than introductory sessions. These sessions are appropriate for mid-level assessment professionals, faculty assessment liaisons with departmental or institutional assessment experience, or advanced graduate students with assessment experience.

  • Advanced - Advanced sessions are designed to serve attendees with a substantial understanding of assessment. Session presenters assume that session attendees are well-versed in assessment language and assessment practice. The subject matter for these sessions will be high-level, global concepts and advanced techniques and processes. These sessions are appropriate for assessment professionals, researchers interested in assessment subject matter, and advanced graduate students with assessment experience and research interest in assessment.

  • All Levels - Sessions in this category are designed to serve attendees across a range of experiences and expertise. Session presenters make no assumptions about the audience save an interest in assessment. The subject matter can be assessment tangential or assessment specific. Assessment language or appropriate vocabulary may be introduced, but the subject matter will quickly dive deeper than introductory sessions.  These sessions are designed to include cross-expertise community and provide opportunity for collaborative thinking and interaction across levels of experience.

Session Tags

The conference curriculum will include four tags to support attendees with identifying conference content that aligns with their interests. Proposal authors are invited to select the tag they believe best represents the content. 

  • Scholarship/Research

  • Curricular

  • Co-Curricular

  • Practice/Application

Encouraged Collaboration

In alignment with the conference theme, proposal authors are especially encouraged to submit proposals as a community when possible (i.e. submissions with multiple presenters, presenters with different roles such as faculty, staff, assessment professionals, and different types of institutions represented). 

Resources Available to Proposal Authors

  • Proposal Worksheet: A document where proposal authors can draft responses to fields required on the EasyChair proposal submission form. The file will download to device when link above is selected. Note this worksheet is provided to allow authors to draft their submissions only; all proposals must be formally submitted to the EasyChair online proposal submission and review portal to be considered for the 2022 Conference. Visit the Submission Instructions section below for more information.

  • Reviewer Rubric: Indicates the criteria by which reviewers will evaluate submitted proposals. 

Submission Instructions

The Call for Proposals closed on February 21. 
  • All proposals must be submitted at this EasyChair online proposal submission and review portal. To submit a proposal in EasyChair you must select "Create an account" after following the link to EasyChair. You can then login to EasyChair and select "Make a New Submission." For more detailed instructions on creating an EasyChair account and completing the EasyChair proposal submission form you can review these EasyChair Account Creation and Submission Instructions or visit https://easychair.org/faq.
  • Please note AALHE is charged a fee for each proposal submission. Please only submit through the EasyChair proposal submission form completed proposals you are committed to presenting if accepted for the AALHE 2022 Conference.
  • We strongly recommend that you write an electronic draft of your proposal, including all information that you will be asked to provide on the online submission form, prior to beginning the online submission form. This Proposal Worksheet (file will download to device when link is selected) is provided to aid you in drafting your proposal before you formally submit it through EasyChair. 

You will be able to copy text from your electronic document and insert text directly into each field of the online EasyChair Proposal Submission Form. This assures that you won’t permanently lose any information during the submission process.

Timeline

  • Call for Proposals Open: December 1, 2021
  • Pre-Conference Workshop Submissions Due: February 21, 2022 (extended from January 14)
  • All Other Proposal Submissions Due: February 21, 2022 (extended from February 14)
  • Notification to Proposal Authors By Email: Mid-March 2022
  • Proposal Authors Acceptance Confirmation Due: One week after email notification 
  • Presenter Registration Required: April 18, 2022 
  • Omni Providence Hotel Reservations Close: May 15, 2022 (pending continued availability)
  • Session Recording Due (pre-recorded on-demand sessions only; .mp4 file type): May 16, 2022
  • Session Materials and Presenter Profiles Due in Whova: May 31, 2022.

Questions

If you have any questions about the AALHE 2022 Conference Call for Proposals or the conference experience, please email [email protected].