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2023 NEean Dialogues in the Disciplines

Student Voice in Assessment and Learning: A Primer

March 31, 2023 from 10AM to 4PM Eastern

via Zoom

Join NEean for an insightful day-long program where we will explore how to situate student voice in assessment and incorporate powerful strategies to drive equitable, accessible, and authentic learning. The program will kick off with a keynote from Dr. Natasha Jankowski, a higher education and assessment expert. Her keynote will address the why and how to involve student voice in the assessment process. Following the keynote, attendees will engage in an interactive workshop to develop an action plan to include student voice in the assessment cycle, across the institution, and within the classroom. In the second workshop, participants will learn about a specific case, the Student Assessment Research (StARs) program at UC Davis, reflect, and share insights.

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Event Schedule

10:00AM - 10:10AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10AM - 11:15AM

Keynote Presentation by Natasha Jankowski

Students and Assessment:  Peas in a Pod

This keynote will share why and how to involve student voice in the assessment process so as to improve teaching and learning, build community, and collaboratively problem-solve with students. Arguing for more student voice in addressing assessment challenges, particularly considering the need for community and student re-engagement from pandemic learning, this keynote shares literature on the impact of student involvement and engagement in assessment on learning and the college experience. It also includes examples of student voice and partnership from the field, tips and tricks, and resources to further the work. Participants will be invited to share additional examples, consider how to engage in community with students, and explore how students can be solution providers.

11:15AM - 11:30AM


11:30AM - 1:00PM

Workshop #1 conducted by Natasha Jankowski

Including a Missing Link: Student Voice in Assessment

Working together as a large group and in smaller break out rooms, this workshop will help participants develop an action plan for including student voice in the assessment process. Dividing our focus into two segments, workshop participants will spend half their time considering ways to involve students in the assessment cycle across the institution or program and outline where they may begin or expand their current efforts. The other half of the time will be spent considering ways to support faculty in increasing student involvement within classroom assessment. Across the two areas of focus, participants will explore various resources on student voice in assessment, job descriptions for student assessment related positions, and options for future directions for involving students more directly in the assessment process.

1:00PM - 1:15PM


1:15PM - 2:30PM

Workshop #2 conducted by Kara Moloney & Jennifer Burke Reifman

Not Your Average Assessment Workshop...Preparing to Partner with Students for Inclusive Assessment Inquiries

We know how important concrete take-aways are to workshop participants. Who doesn't want to gather templates, exemplars, and checklists? We get it. That's just not what we'll address in this workshop. At least not directly, tools are only as useful as the context in which they are implemented. What works for one institution might fall flat elsewhere. Rather than spend your valuable time with endless trial-and-meh, join us to get curious about student learning and students as assessment research partners. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about a specific case (the Student Assessment Research (StARs) program at UC Davis); engage in a series of facilitated reflection activities; and listen, learn, and share insights in small and large group conversations. What you take away will depend on where you start.

2:30PM - 2:45PM


2:45PM - 3:45PM

Panel Presentation

Student Voice in Assessment:  A Match Made in Learning

Hear from students first-hand, as the panelists share their views on student voice in the assessment process! We would like to include student voices by asking them where in the assessment cycle they would like to be involved in conversations; their thoughts on grading, AI, and equity; and what makes them excited or concerned about assessment.

3:45PM - 4:00PM

Dialogues Wrap-up and Closing Remarks


Natasha Jankowski

Dr. Natasha Jankowski is a higher education and assessment expert, Senior Fellow for community colleges at Strada Education Network, and lecturer for New England College and Endicott College. She is the former Executive Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and previously served as graduate program coordinator and research associate professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Illinois State University.

Kara Moloney

Dr. Kara Moloney is the Academic Assessment Lead for the Learning, Teaching, and Assessment team in the UC Davis Office of Undergraduate Education. Kara collaborates with faculty, staff, students, and other campus partners to foster a culture of curiosity about student learning and build capacity for sustainable, meaningful, and equity-focused, program-level assessment of student learning outcomes. She is a tenacious advocate of assessment as necessary and accessible tools for inclusion and equity. She is insatiably curious about the intersections between language, culture, and identity; assessment as an equity-minded change practice; and universal design for learning. Her guiding principles are: Stay curious. Practice humility. Act courageously.Kara earned a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies (University of Nevada, Reno, 2008); an M.A. in English (University of Nevada, Reno, 2001); and a B.A. in English (University of California, Davis, 1992). Kara currently serves as a member of theBoard of Directors for the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education.

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