Thursday, August 1, 2013

Continuous Academic Improvement through Assignment of Credit Compliance

Presented by:
Dr. Marsha Watson
President of the Board of Directors, AALHE
Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation
National Louis University

Dr. Kathleen Gorski
Director of Assessment
National Louis University
On July 1, 2011, federal regulations concerning the assignment of academic credit took effect.  The "credit hour" is now codified in terms of the Carnegie unit (aka "seat time)  Like other institutions of higher learning, National Louis University needed to move quickly to confirm compliance by reviewing current practices, and articulating expectations of the five basic delivery formats (face-to-face; online; hybrid; internship; independent study) and time-on-task for student in- and out-of-class activities.
Dr. Marsha Watson, a long-time assessment professional, is co-founder and current President of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) and Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness & Accreditation at National Louis University. She is known nationally for her work in performance-based, curriculum-embedded assessment of student learning, particularly in an online environment; in recent years her interest has focused on the improvement of student learning through alignment of authentic assessment with outcomes-based assignment of credit. Watson chaired the NLU AQIP Action Project on the Academic Credit Unit, oversaw the development and pilots of an online, university-wide authentic assessment process, and worked with NLU faculty to develop the comprehensive institutional model implemented at NLU and presented in this session.
Dr. Kathleen Gorski is Director of Assessment at National Louis University where she is responsible for overseeing implementation of the NLU model, managing the process, and advising the faculty as they work within their colleges and programs to review curricula in all modalities and all formats, align instructional time and student out-of-class work with Carnegie Unit requirements, and identify and map outcomes assessments in every course and program. Gorski developed the forms and other support materials used in the process which will be distributed in the session.
We hope you'll join us for this free webinar, which is open to both members and non-members of Weave.
    Date: Friday, August 9th
    Time: 2pm - 3:30pm (Eastern)

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