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2017 Conference Schedule

"Another great conference. Thank you for once again having the talent of making each individual feel special. The conference feels (from my participant's lens) absolutely effortless, even though I know that can't be true. I get the feeling that you bring all of your authentic self to these conferences and I have more fun because of that. Thank you."
- Rebecca Dueben
Assessment Specialist, Washington State University

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Schedule at a Glance

June 12, Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - pre-conference workshops
June 12, Monday 5:00 PM - conference begins with plenary followed by networking reception
June 13, Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:15 PM - conference sessions followed by networking
June 14, Wednesday, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM - conference sessions

Subject to change
Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday
Breakfast on your own   7:00 – 7:30 AM AALHE Business Meeting with continental breakfast   7:00 – 7:50 AM AALHE Committee Meetings -- open to all interested members (with continental breakfast)
    7:30 – 8:15 AM
Conference Kick-off with continental breakfast

8:00 – 9:30 AM
Concurrent Sessions

8:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Professional Development Workshops (pre-registration or on-site registration required, $60 half day or $120 full day)
    9:45 AM Plenary with keynote by José A. Bowen

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Book signing with José A. Bowen*

Concurrent Sessions

12:00 PM
Lunch on your own


  12:00 PM
Lunch on your own
  12:15 PM
Lunch on your own
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Professional Development Workshops (pre-registration or on-site registration required, $60 half day or $120 full day)
1:45 – 5:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions
  1:45 – 3:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Conference Wrap-Up Event


5:00 PM
Conference Opening Plenary with keynote by Randy Bass
      5:00 PM End of Conference
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Conference Welcome Reception
    6:30 PM
Networking Excursions (at own expense; sign up during conference registration)

Historic Old Louisville Walking Tour ($20)

Louisville Quest ($40)

Spirit of Jefferson boat cruise ($45 includes dinner)

7:30 PM
Networking Dinners (at own expense)

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* Books will be on sale on site from Barnes & Noble:
Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (2017) $32
Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (2012) $38

Keynote Addresses

Randy BassAssessment for the New Learning Ecosystem: Innovation, Integration and Integrity by Randy Bass

Assessment in higher education has been going on for a very long time, and yet we’re seeing changes in higher education that don’t always come from assessment efforts. These changes often come from pressures from informal learning within the co-curriculum, different experiential learning expectations of our students, our participatory culture, and even our legislators. Where does assessment fit in to this landscape of change? How can assessment processes and evidence of student learning inform and push for high quality changes in our current (and future) colleges and universities? Challenged by costs, shifts in perception of higher education from a public to a private good, and years of talk that higher education can be unbundled, universities have to rethink how we engage students in designing their own education, help them connect theory to practice and prepare for a world of uncertainty. This is a critical, if not urgent, time for universities to rethink how assessment can drive the renewal and intensification of the greater purposes of higher education.

Assessment as Strategy: You Are What You Measure by José Bowen

Jose A Bowen Assessment has to be a part of any strategy—it is how we get better. I will propose a framework for how we can change minds about the value and use of assessment and create a culture that supports risk, evaluation and constant improvement. The real challenge is motivating faculty to redesign courses with clear learning outcomes, serious thinking about motivation and environment, and of course, assessment. Students develop best when we combine high standards with a very supportive environment where failure can lead to change; the same applies to faculty. We need new structures to help faculty re-evaluate the value of what they do and the importance of course design.