Assessment on Tour

Thank you for attending AOT Boston

April 30, 2019

Welcome to Assessment on Tour—Professional Development (AOT PD)! We invite you to join us in Boston this April for an event dedicated to providing professional development in education and assessment methodologies. AOT PD Boston will be a half-day conference hosted at Northeastern University on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. As an attendee, you can expect the following to be provided at this event:

  • Three sessions from educational experts on topics to promote the advancement and understanding of course design, teaching methods, and assessment
  • Certificate of Completion and the opportunity for Continued Education Credits for all three sessions offered
  • An opportunity to network with other educators in the Boston area
  • A light breakfast and full lunch

Seats are limited for this event. Reserve your spot for AOT PD today through the registration link below!


Tuesday

April 30, 2019


140 The Fenway 

Room 378


140 The Fenway

Boston, MA 02115  



AGENDA

Activity


Coffee & Refreshments 


Opening Remarks 


Improving Item Writing Skills for Nursing and the Health Professions  


Break 


Closing the Assessment Loop: Leveraging the results of your exam and performance-based assessments to improve your curriculum and student learning  


Break 


Teaching With Small Groups: Best practices and benefits  


Networking & Discussion Groups  


Lunch

Start


8:00 AM


8:30 AM


8:45 AM


9:45 AM


10:00 AM



11:00 AM


11:15 AM


12:15 PM


12:30 PM

End


8:30 AM


8:45 AM


9:45 AM


10:00 AM


11:00 AM



11:15 AM


12:15 PM


12:30 PM


1:30 PM

Ainslie Nibert is a nationally-recognized expert in nursing curriculum, testing and measurement. She currently serves as Associate Dean/Associate Professor, Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing – Houston, and as a corporate consultant to nursing academic and clinical practice organizations. She previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Review and Testing/HESI, at Elsevier, Inc. Dr. Nibert is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, where she is a Virginia Henderson Fellow and was a Faculty Advisor for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy.


Improving Item Writing Skills for Nursing and the Health Professions  

This presentation will help you create critically-thinking test items that will enhance your teacher-made tests and prepare your students for licensure and certification exams, including the current and future NCLEX-RN®. You’ll learn how to capture and analyze valuable item analysis data that can guide future editing, which reduces frustration and helps you prioritize the tasks to be accomplished during your valuable writing time. By performing a systematic item analysis after each exam, you can pinpoint students’ knowledge gaps, which will help you focus your item writing on those course objectives that are often misunderstood or ignored by your students. The advantages of using electronic test blueprints to establish test validity and tie your assessments to your overall program objectives will also be highlighted. Act now to improve your item bank and exams, so your students will be prepared for any licensure or certification exams in related health professions.

Ainslie Nibert. Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Texas Woman's University College of Nursing

Margarita V. DiVall, PharmD, MEd, BCPS is a clinical professor and assistant dean of assessment at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD and MEd degrees from Northeastern University and completed her pharmacy practice residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. 


Dr. DiVall currently teaches in the pharmacotherapy course series and offers an elective course focused on leadership and advocacy in health care. As a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist she has served as a preceptor to P4 students and PGY1 pharmacy residents at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is actively engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning and has presented and published research related to instructional design, assessment, and documentation of clinical services. Her work has been recognized with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Excellence in Assessment Awards in 2011 and 2016. 


Dr. DiVall has been an active member of AACP. Most recently she has completed a two-year service as the COF Secretary and is currently serving on the AJPE editorial board, Chair of the AACP Assessment SIG, and the Chair of COF Faculty Affairs Committee. Dr. DiVall has chaired the Institutional Research and Assessment Committee, COF Quorum Committee, and co-chaired COF Taskforce on Consortia and Collaborations. She has also served as the faculty delegate to the AACP house, on the AACP Academic Affairs Committee, COF/COD Joint Taskforce on Mentorship, and the AACP/ACPE AAMS Advisory Committee, COD PCOA Committee, and Assessment SIG Executive Committee. Dr. DiVall is a graduate of the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2011.


Closing the Assessment Loop: Leveraging the results of your exam and performance-based assessments to improve your curriculum and student learning 

Faculty and assessment professionals are often challenged in producing learning outcomes assessment data in their courses and programs. Often data are not used to close the assessment loop and implement curricular change and re-evaluate student learning. Electronic testing and rubric software can be instrumental in generating actionable assessment data in a timely fashion, but programs must carefully consider a framework for tagging questions and rubrics to assist with the assessment effort. An example of how data from performance based assessments using ExamSoft rubrics was used to modify instruction in a skills lab course will be shared with participants to illustrate how performance-based assessment data contributes to the overall assessment plan and curricular improvement. 

Margarita DiVall, Pharm.D., M.Ed., BCPS 

Clinical Professor, Assistant Dean of Assessment

Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences

Dan holds a Master of Science in Technology Enhanced Learning and a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent/Young Adult Education from the University of Dayton. His background as a secondary-level educator drives his research and professional interests, including the appropriate use of summative and formative assessment and how the data they produce can be used to positively impact teaching and learning. An ExamSoft client for over eight years, Dan currently is the Senior Manager of Education and Assessment at ExamSoft. His background includes assisting faculty at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in course design and development, while also introducing new methods of utilizing educational technology in assessment and instruction to create a learner-centered environment.


Teaching With Small Groups: Best practices and benefits

In order to improve student engagement, active learning techniques are increasingly suggested as a tactic for educators to implement within their curriculum. In order for these methods to truly make a positive impact on student performance and retention, the implementation should be intentional and include clear student outcome goals. While educational research certainly supports peer-to-peer interactions as having a positive impact on students, instructors must be mindful to choose the small-group exercises that will be most conducive to their content and students. This session presents attendees with various small-group teaching techniques for both small and large classes with an emphasis on selecting the optimal method for their situation. In addition to a brief presentation on various small-group instructional techniques, all attendees will have the opportunity to actively participate from the student perspective in a unique group learning experience.


Earning Continuing Education Units (CEU)

This activity has been submitted to the Texas Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Texas Nurses Association – Approver is accredited with distinction as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Dan Thompson, M.Ed.

Senior Manager of Education and Assessment

ExamSoft

LOGISTICS

Directions

Parking

Parking is available at street meters, Gainsborough garage or Renaissance Garage, each a few blocks away. The venue is 2 blocks from the MBTA Green Line Northeastern University stop or a 7 minute walk from the Orange Line Ruggles Stop                       

Enter 140 The Fenway from the staff parking lot entrance closest to Hemenway Street. Take the stairs or elevator adajacent to that entrance to the 3rd floor, the classroom is across from the elevator.

Hotel

Sheraton Boston Hotel ($239 plus taxes)

39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199

To reserve by phone, call 1.888.627.7054 and provide group code AS2112.

The AOTPD venue is a 0.7 mile, 14 minute walk from the Sheraton or you may the MBTA Green Line from Prudential to Northeastern University stop.

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