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Panel Discussion—Accessibility and Assessment: What You Need to Know

AEFIS Academy Community Event

Presenters

Ms. Tracy Kaiser-Goebel

Director of Educational Effectiveness

Montgomery County Community College

Susan Masciantonio

Director of Faculty Success, Assistant Professor of English

Montgomery County Community College

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships

AEFIS

And More Community Leaders TBD!

September 22, 2021 @ 2:00 PM 3:00 PM EDT

Description

When it comes to supporting your students and campus work environments, colleges and universities have led the charge in providing equitable access to educational opportunities and resources to enable success. Generally speaking, accessibility can be considered a prerequisite to validity, with regards to testing, for instance, where a test score interpretation is justifiable for a particular purpose and supported by evidence and theory (Roelofs, 2019). Having access means you as a learner have available the foundational elements and resources to support your learning and development, preparation, and guidance to be assessed fairly on content, to receive feedback that helps them to improve, and to use intervention materials to become successful.

How are colleges and universities providing equitable access to resources to support learners in this new normal? How are students accessing programs to provide them the experiences they need and preparation required for 21st Century learning and skills development? What revisions to accessibility plans have been made post-pandemic to ensure all learners have access to the resources they need to demonstrate their achievements leading to degrees, certificates, and micro-credentials important for job acquisition? What is the role of faculty and staff in ensuring that students have what they need to be successful this fall and beyond?

Join us for this special community panel as part of our ongoing Accessibility and Assessment Series, to learn more about the best practices in accessibility for all students. Members of Offices of Students with Disabilities, Centers for Teaching and Learning, and faculty from institutions across the country will provide their expertise to this important topic while you as a community can contribute your insights and questions to this session in hopes of learning new ways of developing and deploying resources to support all of your learners.

Key Takeaways

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

1. Discover how assessment can be an on-ramp to individualized learning
2. Determine how universal design for learning can be integrated into your academic and non-academic structures and faculty and staff professional development
3. Identify how student choice in courses and co-curricular activities can add value to your learning experiences and offerings
4. Discover how technology can be your partner in accessible learning for all

Presenters

Ms. Tracy Kaiser-Goebel, Director of Educational Effectiveness, Montgomery County Community College

I began my career in higher education in 1997, as an adjunct instructor.  While working in this role, I developed an interest in academic assessment.  This led me to expand my focus and accept a position as an Educational Coordinator in 2004, to learn and engage in academic assessment, working with Disability Services on accommodations and course differentiation, as well as curriculum mapping/development.  A lifelong learner, these experiences helped me develop a strong connection with the needs of today’s college faculty and students, and a broad view of best practices in planning and implementing continuous improvements.

Susan Masciantonio, Director of Faculty Success, Assistant Professor of English, Montgomery County Community College

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).

And More Leaders TBD


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