2021 Assessment Conference

Assessment Conference and Series 2021-2022

Assessment through the Lens of Social Justice and Post-Pandemic Issues: Hindsight is 2020

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs

October 29, 2021

W. Randy Smith, vice provost for academic programs
You're invited: 2021 Assessment Conference

This year's conference will be held in-person at The Blackwell, with an option to attend sessions remotely. Our theme is Assessment through the Lens of Social Justice and Post-Pandemic Issues: Hindsight is 2020.

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Intended Takeaways

  1. Learn

    Learn about the latest tools and assessment strategies employed by experts at Ohio State. 

  2. Connect

    Build relationships with colleagues across the university working on assessment.

  3. Engage

    Continue conversations around assessment in the coming weeks and months.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Assessment Basics
Thursday, October 18 | 3 p.m.

Many faculty members take on a role in program assessment as part of their departmental service. If you are new to assessment or want a refresher, join us for a brief session on the basic process and vocabulary.
Alan Kalish and Teresa Johnson

 

Time Details
9:00
a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks
W. Randy Smith, vice provost for academic programs
Dr. Melissa Gilliam, executive vice president and provost

9:20
a.m.

Opening plenary: Assessment with Purpose: Inclusive Classroom Practice in Colleges and Universities
Dr. Noelle W. Arnold

10:15
a.m.
Break
10:30
a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine's experience with using the national CBVE framework to backward design our curriculum and enhance assessment
Dr. Emma Read and Dr. Jennifer Gonya

General Education Launch & Reflection Seminars and Assessment of the GE Program
Dr. Alan Kalish

Defining Student Success Outside of the Classroom
Dr. Leah Halper and Dr. Chrisse Edmunds

Assessment Strategies with Workforce Development Experiences
Cory Tressler, Jessica Phillips, Megan Hasting, and Kimberly J. Sayers

11:20
a.m.
Break
11:30
a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine's experience with using the national CBVE framework to backward design our curriculum and enhance assessment​
Dr. Emma Read and Dr. Jennifer Gonya

General Education Launch & Reflection Seminars and Assessment of the GE Program
Dr. Alan Kalish

Assessment Plans in the Curricular Approval Process
Dr. Eric Bielefeld and Dr. Rebecca Andridge

COAM’d: The New Verb on Campus
Dr. Jennifer L. Whetstone, Dr. Andrea Baldwin, Dr. Jennifer M. Burgoon, Jeremy J. Grachan, Caroline Omolesky, and Dr. Naeem Shareef

12:20
p.m.
Lunch begins
12:30
p.m.

Lunch Plenary
Panel Discussion: Online assessment approaches and strategies learned from the pandemic
Panelists: Dr. Dana Renga, Dr. Ted Clark, Dr. Ian Hamilton, Dr. Victoria Chen, Dr, Katherine Kelley
Moderator: Dr. Robert Griffiths

Assessment Basics, Plenary descriptions

Many faculty members take on a role in program assessment as part of their departmental service. If you are new to assessment or want a refresher, join us for a brief session on the basic process and vocabulary.

Alan Kalish, PhD                 

Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education

Alan Kalish, PhD, assistant vice provost and adjunct associate professor of educational studies, supports faculty efforts on academic program assessment, implementation of a revised general education program and institutional accreditation. Previously, he worked in educational development for 25 years, directing the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Ohio State for 18 years. His research includes transitions from graduate school to faculty life, teaching and learning in higher education, and course and curriculum design.

Teresa A. Johnson, PhD            

High-Impact Curriculum Expert, Office of Academic Enrichment

Teresa A. Johnson, PhD, is the High-Impact Curriculum Expert at OSU’s Office of Academic Enrichment. She earned a doctorate in Microbial Ecology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught in the sciences at Butler University and at the College of Wooster. Her pedagogical research has focused on classroom assessment techniques and impacts of prior knowledge on student learning in the sciences. Her current interests are course and curriculum design, articulation of learning outcomes, as well as support and evaluation of high-impact teaching strategies.

Assessment with Purpose: Inclusive Classroom Practice in Colleges and Universities

Students’ perceptions of their instructor’s inclusive practice influence their engagement in course discussions, critical thinking, and interpersonal interactions (Bates, 2001; Bates & Poole, 2003). However, there is a need for information that centers student perspectives regarding practices for an inclusive learning environment. However, many universities and colleges often lack formal mechanisms for feedback on inclusive course design, delivery, and teaching performance. In this session, Dr. Arnold will discuss trends in inclusive classroom assessment and a unique project, the Supplemental Evaluation of Inclusive Classroom Instruction (SEI-CI)© (Arnold, Pratt & Penn, 2020), which was designed to gather student feedback on inclusive classroom practice and disseminate instructive and constructive feedback to instructors.

Noelle W. Arnold, PhD

Senior Associate Dean and Professor, Education and Human Ecology

Noelle W. Arnold, PhD is the Senior Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. In addition to other units, she oversees the EHE Office of Equity, Diversity and Global Engagement. Dr. Arnold has written and presented extensively and has nine (9) books published or in press and over 70 publications. Her most recent book is the 2nd Edition of the Handbook for Urban Educational Leadership and Companion Guide for the Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership (forthcoming, 2021). Dr. Arnold work has received awards or subawards over $7 million. She has also served as a contractor on grants in excess of $5 million. A former administrator at the district and state level, Dr. Arnold also serves as a consultant throughout the US advising districts on crisis leadership, diversity and inclusion, and teaching and leading in urban and rural contexts. Dr. Arnold was the first African American female to serve as President for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Panel Discussion: Online assessment approaches and strategies learned from the pandemic

As higher education continues to evolve through the pandemic, more faculty and unit leaders have had to adapt to changing assessment approaches and strategies. Hear Ohio State instructors and academic leaders share considerations and lessons learned that contribute to quality learning experiences from a variety of experiences, such as curricular and assignment changes, exam strategies, outcomes reporting, and more. This is a panel discussion with time and space for questions and conversation. 

Panelists

Dr. Dana Renga (she/her), Dean, Arts and Humanities; Professor, Department of French and Italian; Affiliated Faculty in Comparative Studies, Film Studies, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, ASC.

Dr. Ted Clark (he/him), Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, ASC

Dr. Ian Hamilton (he/him), Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Students, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, and the Department of Mathematics, ASC. 

Dr. Q. Victoria Chen (she/her), Associate Professor, Construction Systems Management, FAES. 

Dr. Katherine Kelley (she/her), Associate Dean for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives, Pharmacy. 

Moderator: Dr. Robert Griffiths (he/him), Associate Vice President, Distance Education, ODEE. 

Breakout session descriptions

The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine began a comprehensive curriculum review and redesign over the last few years to align the program with recently published national CBVE Framework. The experience of our college in the process of backward design and movement towards programmatic assessment of clinical students will be reviewed. The changes in assessment are being made to enhance sound student progress decisions and to better target remediation efforts.            

Emma Read, DVM, MVSc, DACVS    
read.65@osu.edu  
Associate Dean for Professional Programs, College of Veterinary Medicine

Emma is a 1998 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada who completed a large animal surgery residency at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA. She then joined the Ontario Veterinary College teaching large animal surgery before relocating to Alberta to join the University of Calgary’s newly established Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Emma helped develop this new program and stayed in Alberta until 2018, achieving the rank of Professor of Teaching, and serving as Chair of Clinical Skills Program, leading a multi-year, multi-instructor, multi- disciplinary program that comprised ~20% of the overall curriculum. In 2015, she was also appointed to serve as Associate Dean Academic. In early 2018, Emma moved to Columbus, OH and joined The Ohio State Universitys’ College of Veterinary Medicine as Associate Dean for Professional Programs. She oversees the DVM program and is co-leading a major curricular redesign with Dr. Jennifer Gonya.

Jennifer Gonya, PhD           
gonya.5@osu.edu  
Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, College of Veterinary Medicine

Bio coming soon.

The new GE will begin and end with a Launch Seminar and a Reflection Seminar. In addition to providing students with a strong start to their GE program and the opportunity to reflect upon and more clearly understand their learning journey, these courses will also enable us to collect a broad and consistent set of data about students' learning across the program. While this data in not sufficient to assess the entire program, it will offer an interesting window into student outcomes. This session will describe the planned courses and current thinking on how to collect and use this data.

Alan Kalish, PhD     
kalish.3@osu.edu  
Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education  

Alan Kalish, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University, works to support faculty efforts on course development, implementation, and assessment. He also chairs the Student Evaluation of Instruction Oversight Committee. Previously, he worked in educational development for 25 years, directing the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Ohio State for 18 years. His research includes transitions from graduate school to faculty life, teaching and learning in higher education, and course and curriculum design. He co-edited Teaching & Learning in the College Classroom, 3rd Ed. (2010), and Mapping the Range of Graduate Student Professional Development. (2012). Studies in Graduate and Professional Student Development 14.

This presentation will focus on student success outside of the classroom. Student engagement with and participation in activities outside of the classroom, from research with faculty to on-campus employment to involvement in co-curricular activities, are important indicators of satisfaction, belonging, retention and persistence in college. This presentation will present an overview of theoretical models and research on outside-the-classroom engagement and student outcomes as well as provide key ways Ohio State measures this engagement.

Leah Halper, Ph.D.
halper.4@osu.edu 
Associate Director, Center for the Study of Student Life       

Leah Halper, PhD is an Associate Director in the Center for the Study of Student Life at The Ohio State University. Leah has a B.S. in Psychology from The Ohio State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. Broadly, she is interested in student motivation in classroom settings and out of classroom settings. In the Center for the Study of Student Life, Dr. Halper leads and supervises assessment projects related to her interests and background, such as the Graduation Survey, the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), the Leadership Education Needs Assessment (LENA), the Student Employment Experience (SEE) and the Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP).  

Chrisse Edmunds, Ph.D.      
edmunds.32@osu.edu       
Associate Director, Center for the Study of Student Life       

Chrisse Edmunds, PhD is an Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Student Life. Chrisse has a PhD in Sociology from The Ohio State University. She supervises research projects related to Belonging and Inclusion, Health and Well-being, and Student Engagement and Support in the Office of Student Life. Dr. Edmunds is passionate about understanding the student experience and using research to help partners implement changes that benefit students at Ohio State.

Workforce development offerings take on many different forms and are often structured around learning outcomes that focus on specific skills or experiences that lead to various levels of learner mastery. This session will provide examples of workforce development and professional learning programs at Ohio State and how different types of offerings approach assessment within the learning experience and of the program or experience overall.

Cory Tressler
tressler.8@osu.edu    
Interim Associate Vice President of Learning Technology, Office of Distance Education and eLearning    
https://it.osu.edu/people/cory-tressler  

   
Jessica Phillips, MAEd, MAPsy     
phillips.1507@osu.edu    
Interim Director of Learning Programs and Digital Flagship, Office of Distance Education and eLearning    

Jessica has served in many roles within the field of education and eLearning since 2008, most recently as Interim Director of Digital Flagship in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University. In this role she and her team focus on where technology intersects with the student experience, to ensure high-quality, student-centric approaches to technology distribution, coding and app development training, digital skill and creativity training and overall student success. In addition to her full-time role she designs online courses and teaches online undergraduate students at University of Arizona Global Campus and Ohio State.

Jessica has a MA in Education with a Curriculum and Instruction specialization, an MA in Psychology with an Educational Leadership specialization, and a B.S. in Early Childhood Education.  Jessica is also a public speaker and has presented at numerous colleges, universities, national and international conferences, CIO forums, etc. She is a graduate of the MOR Big10 Academic Alliance Leadership Program. Overall her public speaking work focuses on leading and managing successful organizational change that is driven by student centric design practices.

Kimberly J. Sayers
sayers.1@osu.edu
Director, Business Training & Educational Services, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Wooster Campus     

Megan Hasting
hasting.6@osu.edu
Program Manager, Professional Development, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Rebecca Andridge and Eric Bielefeld are long-time members of the Council on Academic Affairs (CAA).  The presentation will first discuss the role of CAA in the curricular approval process at Ohio State.  Then, the discussion will transition into the expectations for different curricular assessment plans in the approval process. Different programs (majors, minors, certificates, specializations) benefit from different types of assessment plans, and so the discussion will conclude with suggestions for what makes an effective assessment plan for each program type that is reviewed by CAA.

Eric Bielefeld
bielefeld.6@osu.edu
Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing

Rebecca Andridge
andridge.1@osu.edu
Associate Professor, College of Public Health

The number of allegations of academic misconduct submitted to the Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) doubled at Ohio State from calendar year 2019 to 2020. This presentation will provide an overview of the COAM process illustrating important data trends, specific examples from faculty who have changed assessment strategies to reduce academic misconduct, use of online tutoring websites (i.e. Chegg) by students, and challenges faced by international students. Dealing with cases of academic misconduct makes it clear that we need to concentrate on promoting a culture of academic integrity to prevent students from being “COAM’d”.

Jennifer L. Whetstone, PhD
whetstone.21@osu.edu
Coordinator for Committee on Academic Misconduct, Office of Academic Affairs
Dr. Jennifer Whetstone is the Coordinator for the Committee on Academic Misconduct.  In this role, she helps to adjudicate academic misconduct cases, leverage new ways to gather data, and educate students and faculty on ways to promote academic integrity.  Dr. Whetstone received her PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from The Ohio State University. Her love of teaching chemistry started while teaching undergraduate chemistry labs at the University of Dayton and continued while training research scientists while working for LeadScope, a software development company that enabled medicinal chemists to find drug hits. Dr. Whetstone taught biochemistry and medicinal chemistry to undergraduates, PharmD and PhD students sixteen years where she received four teaching awards (2021, 2020, 2017, 2006) from students.

Andrea Baldwin, PhD
baldwin.369@osu.edu
Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Andrea Baldwin received her PhD in organic chemistry from the Ohio State University in 2016. Dr. Baldwin is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry where she teaches large enrollment lectures in organic chemistry and the associated labs. Her passion for teaching organic stems from the desire to make a difficult course approachable for all students. Dr. Baldwin has participated in the OSU Second-Year Transformational Experience Program and is currently the faculty advisor for The Journal of Undergraduate Research at Ohio State (JUROS).

Jennifer M. Burgoon, PhD
burgoon.20@osu.edu
Associate Professor-Clinical, Division of Anatomy, Department of Biomedical Education & Anatomy, College of Medicine
Dr. Jennifer M. Burgoon received both her MS in Cell Biology and Anatomy (2001) and her PhD in Education (2008) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Burgoon was recently promoted to Associate Professor – Clinical in the Division of Anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Education & Anatomy within the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University – Columbus Campus. Dr. Burgoon teaches human gross anatomy and histology primarily in the undergraduate curriculum, although she also teaches histology at the graduate level. Dr. Burgoon embodies the service mission of The Ohio State University with her involvement on a number of local and national committees, including as Program Secretary for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA).

Jeremy J. Grachan, MS
grachan.1@osu.edu
Graduate Teaching Associate, Division of Anatomy, Department of Biomedical Education & Anatomy, College of Medicine
Jeremy Grachan received his B.S. in Biology from the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL) in 2017 and his MS in Anatomy from the Ohio State University in 2020. Currently, he is working on his PhD student within the Division of Anatomy. Jeremy has primarily taught in the undergraduate curriculum, including teaching human gross anatomy, histology, and embryology. He also teaches an undergraduate elective called SuperAnatomy, which uses superheroes as a creative method to teach anatomy and physiology. 

Caroline Omolesky, M.A. 
omolesky.2@osu.edu
Program Officer for Sponsored Programs and Academic Liaison, Office of International Affairs, International Students & Scholars 
Caroline Omolesky is the Program Officer for Sponsored Programs and Academic Liaison for international students at the Office of International Affairs. In this role she coordinates outreach to academic advisors and faculty on issues related to international students, and advises international students who face academic challenges. She also manages the inbound side of exchange programs for Ohio State, and is the international sponsored student liaison. Caroline received her Master’s in French Literature from the University of Virginia in 2008.

Naeem Shareef, PhD 
shareef.1@osu.edu 
Senior Lecturer, College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering 
My research interests are in the areas of Computer Graphics, Artificial Intelligence, and Database Systems. I have published in the areas of scientific visualization (volume rendering, iso-surface rendering, large data visualization, and GPU-based methods), medical visualization, image-based rendering, as well as volume and image segmentation. I have taught extensively in most all areas of Computer Science at OSU (both the Main and Mansfield campuses) and Wittenberg University.