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Campfire Chat with Natasha Jankowski— “Why I joined the AEFIS Team!”

AEFIS Academy Community Event

Presenters

Dr. Natasha Jankowski

Higher Education & Assessment Consultant

N/A

Dr. Gianina Baker

Acting Director

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Mustafa Sualp

Founder

AEFIS

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships

AEFIS

January 27, 2021 @ 2:00 PM 3:00 PM EST

Description

Join us for a Campfire Chat with Dr. Natasha Jankowski discussing the transition from her role as Executive Director of NILOA, to the new Director of Assessment Success with AEFIS. While we are stealing Natasha away from her more than 10 years with NILOA, she is not flying far from the nest. In her new AEFIS role, Natasha plans to carry forward the goal of continuing to positively impact our community and assessment field more broadly.

This discussion will cover Natasha’s thoughts on the future of the field of assessment, draw connections between the work of AEFIS and the work of NILOA under Natasha’s leadership, and point to possibilities for the future of technology and learning.

Presenters

Dr. Natasha Jankowski, Higher Education & Assessment Consultant, N/A

Dr. Natasha Jankowski is the former Executive Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and previously served as a research associate professor with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is co-author of the book Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education, as well as co-author of Degrees that Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm, and co-editor of Student-Focused Learning and Assessment: Involving Students in the Learning Process in Higher Education. A forthcoming book focuses on equity and assessment. Her areas of focus include assignment design, transparency, evidence-based storytelling, equity, mapping and alignment of learning, and all things assessment. Dr. Jankowski is the recipient of Kent State University’s Alumni Award and the Young Alumni Award from the College of Education at UIUC. 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.

Dr. Gianina Baker, Acting Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Gianina Baker, Acting Director, provides leadership and directs research specific to the assessment of student learning at colleges and universities, primarily under the Lumina Foundation grants, at NILOA. Her main research interests include student learning outcomes assessment at Minority Serving Institutions, access and equity issues for underrepresented administrators and students, assessment in athletics, and higher education policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Organization & Leadership with a Higher Education concentration from the University of Illinois, a M.A. in Human Development Counseling from Saint Louis University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. Previous to this position, she was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning at Richland Community College.

Mustafa Sualp, Founder, AEFIS

I'm the founder, and servant leader of AEFIS — the leading Education Technology (EdTech) company that partners with Higher Education to improve learner success and empower authentic lifelong learning. At AEFIS, our passion is to empower authentic lifelong learning. We partner with colleges and universities to deliver end-to-end solutions for authentic lifelong learning, skills recognition, and employability enablement. AEFIS's powerful software helps our partners to transition to authentic assessment for learning, drives measurable results, and engages students throughout their lifelong learning journey with the Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR). High-quality education is at the core of innovative, forward-moving, and just societies. Our work is helping higher ed transition to authentic assessment for learning and lifelong learner success. This is also disrupting inequitable systems and providing actionable equity and transparency through data. I am forever grateful for my amazing team (A-Team), our incredible mentors and phenomenal partners, and for the opportunity we have been given to create a strong positive social impact during a time of uncertainty and disruption. And yes, I am with the resistance… 

Suzanne Carbonaro, Director of Academic Partnerships, AEFIS

Suzanne Carbonaro, M.Ed, MS, CE School Administrator, is the Director of Academic Partnerships at AEFIS. Suzanne has 27 years experience in higher education teaching, curriculum design, assessment and leadership. Most recently, Suzanne served as the Director of Assessment at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences where she designed the real-time assessment process for the newly implemented competency-driven doctor of pharmacy curriculum. She came to USciences from Rider University where she served as Director of Assessment and Strategic Partnerships at the College of Education. Here she redesigned their assessment process and managed over a million dollars in grants. Suzanne has led successful self-studies and re-accreditation efforts for the doctor of pharmacy and teacher and leader education programs. She is a proud member of the team who successfully received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) 2019 Award for Excellence in Assessment. Suzanne was invited to present her research and development of Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs) to IMS Global at the 2018 Learning Analytics Summit, 2019 IMS Global Digital Credentials Summit and was a finalist for Learning Impact Awards at the Leadership Institute in May 2019. She received the USciences 2018 Founder’s Day Award for Innovation and has presented at AALHE (2018, 2019, 2020), Drexel Assessment Conference (2018, 2019, 2020), IUPUI (2018, 2019, 2020), AACP (2019) as well as regional assessment conferences, and the Competency-Based Education Network (2019, 2020).


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