2022 Pre-Conference Workshops

Below are the AALHE 2022 Conference Pre-Conference Workshops. Attendees must pre-register for these workshops before the conference start. The link to access the Workshops and Excursions Registration form is below.

For a list of Workshop Fees, please see the Conference Registration Page.

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Pre-Conference Workshops Summary - Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions - Excursions Information - Networking Dinner Information

Full Day Workshops

 Assessment Fundamentals Workshop
Jane Marie Souza and Jennifer Mathews
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Omni Providence Hotel

Half Day Morning Workshops

Using Human Centered Design Tools to Collaboratively Frame and Extend Assessment Practices  
Dana Scott
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Omni Providence Hotel   

Half Day Afternoon Workshops

Design a Successful Online, Assessment-leadership Training Program for Faculty
Yao Zhang Hill and Monica Stitt-Bergh
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern, Live Online via Zoom

Increasing Equity by Improving Assignments and Assessments
Karen Singer-Freeman   
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Omni Providence Hotel

Quieting the Skeptics by Applying Implementation Fidelity to Assessment: A Practical Approach
Teresa Flateby
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Omni Providence Hotel

2022 Full Day Workshops: Monday, June 6 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Assessment Fundamentals Workshop   

Jane Marie Souza and Jennifer Mathews
Omni Providence Hotel    

Dr. Jane Marie Souza and Dr. Jennifer Mathews will lead this workshop-style institute. These facilitators will bring a mix of theory and practice along with an engaging and participatory mix of information, practice, feedback, and skill-building. Participants will leave this institute with a solid foundation in the assessment of student learning, multiple resources, and a network of colleagues from across the country.  Using their experiences at the course, program, institution, and national levels, the facilitators will foster lively conversations about what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and how higher education can best focus on improving and enhancing the quality of student learning at our institutions.   

This full-day workshop is intended for anyone who would benefit from a comprehensive review of assessment concepts, beginning with the basics. This is a wonderful opportunity to address knowledge gaps in your assessment education. The concepts will be introduced and immediately followed by learning activities and discussion. Topics include, but are not limited to: defining assessment and evaluation, direct and indirect measures, formative and summative assessments, qualitative and quantitative measures, rubric development and use, reliability and validity, goals and objectives, test development, equity in assessment, and making good use of assessment data. Participants will leave with handouts of all slides and templates.

Half-Day Morning Workshops: Monday, June 6 @ 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern

Using Human Centered Design Tools to Collaboratively Frame and Extend Assessment Practices  

Dana Scott
Omni Providence Hotel   

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to use a variety of strategic design tools and work collaboratively to identify key issues and insights to advance their assessment practices.

The session will introduce a series of tools that use both convergent and divergent strategies to evaluate and improve assessment practices.  It is designed to allow participants to collaboratively learn from each other, making it accessible to individuals with introductory through advanced levels of experience.
Participants will be provided with strategies to facilitate the use of these tools across their campuses, from course-wide to university-wide assessment.  The information presented will allow participants to continue to generate ideas for impactful advances in their assessment practice.  

Half-Day Afternoon Workshops: Monday, June 6 @ 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern

Design a Successful Online, Assessment-leadership Training Program for Faculty

Yao Zhang Hill and Monica Stitt-Bergh
Live Online via Zoom

Many campuses offer assessment training for faculty/staff/administrators. However, we’ve found that participants have a hard time putting their learning into practice after the training. We addressed this challenge by crafting an assessment training program that has more than assessment content: we emphasize how to facilitate collaborative assessment projects. We have tested and refined a fully online assessment leadership training program for faculty. Workshop attendees will learn and adapt strategies to organize a highly effective online training program (with faculty as the primary audience) that cultivates facilitative assessment leaders who can coordinate collaborative assessment projects at the program or institution level. We will demonstrate effective, research-based practices for faculty development and discuss lessons from our online program. Attendees will plan/outline a training curriculum, learning activities, and program elements suitable for their own context through a variety of engaging activities such as peer discussion, reflection, and role playing. 

Increasing Equity by Improving Assignments and Assessments

Karen Singer-Freeman   
Omni Providence Hotel    

To achieve equity in higher education, we must understand the circumstances under which assessment and assignment choices contribute to the perpetuation of equity gaps. Faculty and assessment professionals will learn about the model of culturally relevant assessment that encourages intentional design in assessments and assignments as a way to reduce equity gaps in achievement. We will discuss simple changes in assignments that increase equity by allowing all students to fully demonstrate their learning. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of best practices that support increased equity in the assessment of student learning and practical ways in which assignments can be modified to increase equity.

Quieting the Skeptics by Applying Implementation Fidelity to Assessment: A Practical Approach

Teresa Flateby
Omni Providence Hotel    

Skeptics of assessment continue asking if assessment practices truly impact student learning. However, by applying program theory (PT) and implementation fidelity (IF) and building collaborations with teaching and learning centers and libraries, assessment practitioners have the potential of benefiting assessment practices. In this workshop, the essential components of IF and PT will be introduced and a practical application of the processes to an institution-wide initiative for fostering two student learning outcomes will be presented. This initiative cultivated the integration of teaching, learning, and assessment practices, which resulted in enhanced student learning for some programs. Learn how the introduction of IF and PT have potential for increasing the initiative’s success. After discussing a practical application of the essential steps of IF and PT, attendees will identify a program, common courses, or an individual faculty member hoping to address an outcome of concern and basic strategies to guide a practical application of these processes.  

2022 Excursions - Tuesday, June 7 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Eastern

Brown University Campus Tour/Faculty Club
Address: 75 Waterman St
Cost: $25
Distance: 0.6 mile - 12 min walk - 6 min drive
Link: https://www.brown.edu/
Description: Guided tour that includes one signature drink, appetizers, and tip

Providence Walking Tour
Address: 1 Sabin St
Cost: $20
Distance: 0.1 mile - 2 min walk - 3 min drive
Link: https://experienceri.com/walking-tour/
Description: 90 Minute Private Walking Tour - 1.5 mile walk

"Trip of Dreams" Gondola Ride
Address: One Citizens Plaza
Cost: $35
Distance: 0.4 mile - 9 min walk - 5 min drive
Link: https://www.gondolari.com/viaggio-dei-sogni
Description: 40 minute Gondola ride. Includes handmade authentic Italian-style wine biscuits

Networking Dinner Locations - Wednesday, June 8 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Eastern

Providence Coal Fired Pizza (Pizza)
Address: 385 Westminster St    
Distance: 0.4 mile - 8 min walk - 2 min drive    
Link: https://www.providencecoalfiredpizza.com/

Jacky's Waterplace & Sushi Bar (Sushi)
Address: 200 Exchange St    
Distance: 0.8 mile - 8 min walk - 4 min drive    
Link: http://jackysgalaxie.com/locations/waterplace-providence

Parkside Rotisserie & Bar (Bistro)
Address: 76 S Main St    
Distance: 0.6 mile - 13 min walk - 7 min drive    
Link: http://parksideprovidence.com

Rosalina (Italian)
Address: 50 Aborn St
Distance: 0.4 mile - 7 min walk - 2 min drive    
Link: http://eatatrosalina.com/

Xaco Taco (Mexican)
Address: 370 Richmond St    
Distance: 0.9 mile - 18 min walk - 5 min drive    
Link: http://places.singleplatform.com/ricks-roadhouse/menu?ref=google