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The Call for Session Proposals is now open!

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Call for Proposals

The Impacts of Assessment on Learning

In beautiful Salt Lake City, surrounded by mountains, water and sky, we will conduct an inquiry into the Impacts of Assessment on Learning in Higher Education.


We invite proposals that focus on the current and potential future impact of learning assessment on learning and change in higher education, and the implications for our current and future work.

We will delve into research, best practice, and emerging trends in assessment of learning at four levels of impact:

On the Ground – learning and change in courses, activities, and experiences

In Programs – learning and change in majors, fields, disciplines, initiatives, and projects

In Institutions – learning and change in use of evidence, in decision-making practices, in self-study, and in evaluation of effectiveness

In the Enterprise of Higher Learning – in the educational mission, in guiding principles and expectations, in common practice, and in accreditation

Session Formats

·        Symposium (60 minutes)

o   Moderated series of up to 3 presentations related to a common theme, focused on a concept, topic or practice. (Limit: 3 presentations, excluding moderator/organizer overview).

·        Interactive presentation (60 minutes) 

o   Single-topic presentation, led by a single presenter or pair of co-presenters, that is focused on a current or emerging concept, practice, or issue. Active and engaged participation of the audience is essential to the successful proposal.

·        Panel presentation (60 minutes).

o   Themed and moderated discussion featuring the multiple perspectives of a selected panel of speakers. Panel discussions feature engaged dialogue between the panel members and audience.

·        Dialogue and/or skill-building sessions (90 minutes) 

o   Facilitated group discussion and work designed to:

·        address specific opportunities and challenges in learning assessment, or

·        develop greater skill in specific learning assessment practices.

·        Poster Presentations (60-90 minutes) 

o   Well-crafted graphic presentations of emerging theory, research, practice, models, concepts, programs or initiatives. Poster sessions feature short but engaging question and feedback exchanges with the presenter and interested members of the audience.

Excellent proposals will focus on:


·        Research on the effectiveness of specific assessment models and practices in impacting learning outcomes.

·        Research on the impact of systematic assessment on organizational learning and development.

·        Research on the impact of assessment on patterns or cycles of disruption and innovation in higher education.


·        Methods, models or tools that enhance the impact of assessment on intended learning.

·        Relevant skills that support cycles of change and development in programs, institutions, or higher education.

·        Methods and tools that support design thinking and strategic planning in learning assessment for current and future models of higher learning.

·        Innovative and exemplary models designed to support evidence-based change.


·        Emerging questions, issues, concepts and theories about the relationship between learning, assessment and change in higher education.

·        The future of learning assessment in higher education in response to change in models of higher education.     

All conference proposals will be submitted via the OpenConf system.  To submit a proposal, click HEREProposals are due January 20, 2018. 

Additionally, we are now accepting applications for Institutional Partners to host future conferences.  Please see the application HERE.

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Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education
2901 Richmond Road, Suite 130-318
Lexington, Kentucky, USA 40509
Phone: 859-388-0855