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Improving Adult Learning: Empowering Diverse Faculty as Assessment Leaders at Your Institution

Drexel 2021 Assessment Conference

Presenters

Dr. Colin Suchland

Chair, Learning Outcomes Assessment Team, Professor of Sociology

Lincoln Land Community College

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships

AEFIS

September 9, 2021 @ 10:45 AM 11:45 AM EDT

Description

On any campus, efficiency and collaboration are essential processes in establishing a culture for assessment. At the center are faculty, who are expected to implement instructional strategies that support student growth and success as well as make meaningful decisions about how students are learning using data. This session shares outcomes of implementing peer-to-peer learning structures and adult learning theory to support faculty who are at the center of continuous improvement and change. Using an intentional approach, Lincoln Land Community College’s faculty-driven model provides a professional learning blueprint that can be adapted and scaled at your institution. Outcomes of this design support the diversity, equity, and inclusion of faculty who are expected to contribute to assessment for academic improvement but need efficient ways to do so.

Key Takeaways

It is our goal to provide the audience with the following intended key takeaways:

1. Identify instructional design principles and assessment technologies that can be adapted to professional learning for faculty and staff at your institution to empower their contribution to continuous improvement and change
2. Examine principles of adult-learning theory combined with faculty feedback to design a process for continuous improvement institution-wide
3. Identify key stakeholders to include in designing professional learning at your institution to elevate inclusive practice and accessibility to assessment resources

Presenters

Dr. Colin Suchland, Chair, Learning Outcomes Assessment Team, Professor of Sociology, Lincoln Land Community College

Dr. Colin E. Suchland holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a tenured professor at Lincoln Land Community College, he has served as President of the Faculty Senate and (now) Chair of the Learning Outcomes Assessment Team. Suchland’s academic interests include critical pedagogy, digital media studies, generational studies, social inequalities, and urban communities. He is a proud member of the American Sociological Association, the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, the Midwest Sociological Society, and the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education. He also is the recipient of an AEFIS Partner Award for his role in piloting new assessment processes at LLCC in the past three years. A frequent conference presenter and keynote speaker at regional and national symposiums, Suchland has a passion for higher education and his undergraduate students. He has been a full-time college instructor for more than a decade, receiving extensive training in online course design. A working print and digital journalist for many years, Suchland continues to apply photojournalistic skills to his primary research.

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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