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AOT New York - May 16, 2018

St John's University - D'Angelo Center

Mini-Conferences for Assessment Pros

Join us in New York City to hear from leading assessment professionals from around the country. In the morning, ExamSoft clients will share assessment processes and best practices they use to better serve their students, faculty, and program as a whole. Light morning refreshments and a full lunch will be served. A chance for networking and discussion will be available after the presentations. Two special sessions specific to legal education sessions are on the docket for the afternoon.

May 16, 2018


St John's University - D'Angelo Center


Room 416 B


8000 Utopia Parkway,

Queens, New York 11439

AGENDA

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11:30 AM


12:30 PM


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3:45 PM


5:15 PM

Activity


Coffee & Refreshments


Opening Remarks


Culture Shock: Rolling Out Examsoft & Its Impact on Assessment 


Networking Break


Using ExamSoft Codings to Identify Gaps and Strengths with the NCLEX-RN Test Plan


Networking Break


Telling your Assessment Story with ExamSoft Data


Networking Lunch


Assessment within Legal Education Introduction


Using ExamSoft to Help with Formative Assessment in Legal Education

Session Information


Networking Break


Becoming an ExamSoft Power User: Taking Full Advantage of ExamSoft Features to Improve Law Student Learning

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General Sessions

Professor, St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Anthony Marziliano

SESSION INFORMATION

Carla D. Hernandez is an Assessment Coordinator with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s University. As part of the College’s Office of Assessment, she supports all ongoing assessment efforts. Research interests focus on higher education assessment and analyses of student learning. As a Key Administrator, she also manages all computer-based testing operations on behalf of the College. Carla also serves as an Examsoft Client Ambassador. She earned a Master of Science degree in School Counseling at Long Island University in 2012.

Professor Marc E. Gillespie is a bioinformatacist and molecular biologist holding a Ph.D. in Oncological Sciences (University of Utah, 1998). He has chaired the College Committee on Assessment and Outcomes developing statistical approaches to assessment data analysis, accreditation, program development, and institutional core curriculum assessment. He worked on and led Institutional Middle States self-study committees, Pharmacy accreditation and self-study, and University Strategic Priorities Review Teams. He chairs the Institutional Biosafety Committee, has served as Interim director for the Institute for Biotechnology and is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research.

Carla D. Hernandez

Assessment Coordinator, St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Anthony C. Marziliano is Associate Director for assessment in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s University. Along with managing the college's assessment workflow, his research includes higher education assessment, qualitative methods for improved student learning, goal achievement and outcomes, and quantitative statistical analysis of student learning. Anthony regularly presents on assessment at national accreditation meetings and professional conferences. He holds a Master of Science degree in Adolescent Education (St. John’s University, 2013) and an Advanced Certificate in Instructional Leadership (St Johns’ University, 2017).

Culture Shock: Rolling Out Examsoft & Its Impact on Assessment

Associate Director for Assessment, St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Whether you’re prospective, new, or experienced, you will at some point be overwhelmed by day-to-day testing needs; students downloading exams, faculty creating questions, trainings, exam reviews, administrative tasks … sound familiar? There were some big cultural reasons why you turned to computer-based testing. What were they? Can you use those reasons to entice faculty and other stakeholders to help you? Short answer, you can! We want to make sure that you do not lose sight of the big picture, and moreover, get back to the initial motivation that drove you to explore of computer-based testing. We describe how to take advantage of a culture of assessment to get Examsoft off the ground at your school. We all face distinct challenges. Often schools must figure out how to get faculty to buy-in and get involved in higher level assessment; Examsoft is an opportunity to do this! At the same time, student buy-in is equally critical as there can be no successful Examsoft roll out without their participation and understanding of its benefits. Here we turn these problems on their heads. Your faculty and students are your strengths! By empowering both of these stakeholder groups, you are creating advocates for computer-based testing initiatives. As someone who’s been charged with rolling out Examsoft, you can save yourself time by inspiring these individuals.

Marc E. Gillespie

Ensuring nursing students are successful on their licensure exams is a priority for all nursing education programs. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing has used the NCLEX-RN Test Plan provided by NCSBN and mapped it by coding questions in ExamSoft into the Client Needs Categories and Integrated Processes. Mapping to Bloom's Taxonomy provides a pre-assessment of the level of difficulty for each exam, and analysis of the exam can be tracked over the course and the length of the program. A gap analysis can then be used to quickly identify areas of strengths and areas for improvement to ensure students are prepared for all areas of the licensure exam. This webinar will present the benefits of using ExamSoft coding to identify student preparation and curriculum needs, and how this process has assisted UTHSC College of Nursing in consistently obtaining a 100% NCLEX pass rate over the last several years.

SESSION INFORMATION

Tommie Norris, DNS, RN

Dr. Norris is a tenured professor and Associate Dean for Evaluation and Effectiveness providing leadership for accreditation processes and CON effectiveness and evaluation related to the missions of the college. Her program of research is focused on nursing education and she has extensive experience in the area of curriculum development and test construction. 

Professor and Associate Dean of Evaluation & Effectiveness, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing

Using ExamSoft Codings to Identify Gaps and Strengths with the NCLEX-RN Test Plan

Everyone loves a good story. Stories are memorable. Stories are powerful. Our assessment data can tell a story. Accreditors want us to present to them a story of how our assessment data is impacting student learning and prompting change. This webinar will explore ways to use ExamSoft data to tell your assessment story of achieving learning outcomes, developing faculty, and implementing successful QA/QI processes.

SESSION INFORMATION

Ashley Castleberry, PharmD, MEd

Ashley Castleberry is the Director of Assessment and Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in Little Rock, Arkansas. As the key administrator for ExamSoft®, she uses ExamSoft to assess student learning and the curriculum as a whole.

Director of Assessment and Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Science College of Pharmacy

Telling your Assessment Story with ExamSoft Data

Law-Specific Sessions

Assessment within Legal Education Introduction

Vice Dean, Professor of Legal Writing,

& Director, Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy

St. John's University School of Law

SESSION INFORMATION

Larry Cunningham

Larry Cunningham has served in a variety of roles in the St. John’s Law School administration: Vice Dean (2016-present), Associate Academic Dean (2013-16), Associate Dean for Student Services (2011-13), and Assistant Dean for Students (2010-11). In his current role as Vice Dean, Dean Cunningham supervises most of the internal functions and offices of the Law School, including academic affairs, student services, and operations. Dean Cunningham is also responsible for assessment, strategic planning, accreditation compliance, personnel matters, budgetary issues involving full-time and adjunct faculty, relationships with outside agencies, service on University groups, and liaising with University offices. Dean Cunningham is a member of the University’s Strategic Priorities Review Team.

Dean Cunningham teaches Evidence, Appellate Advocacy, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, Legal Writing, Criminal Law, and New York Criminal Practice. In both 2012 and 2017, he received the Dean's Teaching Award (large class). In 2016, Dean Cunningham was awarded a grant from the U.S. Fulbright Specialist Program to teach at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Dean Cunningham's scholarship includes research in criminal justice ethics, criminal procedure, appellate practice, juvenile justice, mental health law, and insurance law. He has been a frequent speaker on legal education and other topics before bar associations, law schools, and other organizations. In June 2008, he testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, on the legality of laptop searches at the international border.

After clerking for a United States district judge, Dean Cunningham served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was in charge of juvenile delinquency prosecutions. Later, he was an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx District Attorney's Office, where he also coordinated the office's post-adjudication insanity review cases and served as an on-call homicide duty prosecutor.

Dean Cunningham received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Criminal Procedure Project, Executive Director of the Barristers' Council, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 2012, he received a Master Certificate in Strategic Organizational Leadership from Villanova University. He is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and admitted to practice law in New York, Texas, and Virginia.

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Success at University of Dayton, School of Law

Tommy Sangchompuphen (“Dean Tommy”) is currently the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Success for the University of Dayton School of Law.


In this role, Dean Tommy is responsible for initiatives that promote the retention and advancement of law students throughout the law curriculum. He utilizes knowledge and skills in educational philosophy and research, student and instructor interrelationships, advising and counseling, and learning and study strategies to implement academic support services essential to law students’ academic success, learning experience, and bar passage.

Prior to joining the University of Dayton School of Law, Dean Tommy was Associate Dean for Student Learning and Assessment and Associate Professor of Law at Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (2012 to 2017) and Assistant Dean for Student Learning and Outcomes and Assistant Professor at Appalachian School of Law (2008 to 2012), where he has taught classes and courses in the areas of academic success and bar preparation. He assisted both law schools with the design and implementation of their assessment activities focused on student learning and success in the J.D. program. He helped to analyze findings from these assessment activities and reported back to the law schools and University administrations on areas where student remediation and institutional improvements could be made.


His students named Dean Tommy the Sandra C. Ruffin Distinguished Professor of the Year for the 2013-2014 academic year, and PreLaw Magazine recognized Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law as the best law school for bar exam preparation in its Winter 2017 issue.


Since 2000, Dean Tommy has written and edited several books designed to improve students’ performance on the bar exam, including the primary course materials for BARBRI’s Essay Advantage courses in several states. He has also been involved with bar exam essay and performance test instruction in several states. He is a member of the Minnesota bar.

"The American Bar Association has taken steps to try to improve the state of the education students receive by implementing new standards and rules for law schools. Law schools, more than ever, must now be engaged in meaningful assessment of their progress in helping students achieve outcome goals. While the Standards create considerable space for schools to develop their own assessment schemes that fit their program and their mission, each school must use both summative assessments (typically final examinations) and formative assessments, which must be integrated into the school’s program to provide meaningful feedback to improve student learning.

This session will explore the different kinds of formative assessments that a law school can administer using ExamSoft to seriously measure its success in meeting the outcomes that it has identified as appropriate to its mission. This session will also demonstrative some of ExamSoft’s full suite of features and functionality that can help with student learning from beginning (to address attrition) to end (to help with graduation and bar passage)."

Using ExamSoft to Help with Formative Assessment in Legal Education

Tommy Sangchompuphen, J.D.

SESSION INFORMATION

Becoming an ExamSoft Power User: Taking Full Advantage of ExamSoft Features to Improve Law Student Learning

North Carolina Central University School of Law

April Dawson

SESSION INFORMATION

"April G. Dawson is a professor of law at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and was a computer programmer before attending law school. April received her law degree cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 1994. While at Howard, she was an editorial board member of the Howard Law Journal and a member of the National Moot Court Team. After law school, April joined the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice through its Attorney General’s Honors Program. While at the Department of Justice, she argued cases before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits. In 1996, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Following her clerkship, she worked as a litigation associate at a Washington, D.C. firm. While at the firm, she was also an adjunct legal writing professor at the George Washington University School of Law.


April joined the faculty at NCCU Law in 2006 where she teaches, among other classes, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and a Supreme Court Seminar. In addition to researching and writing about the U.S. Supreme Court, April researches, writes, and speaks about legal pedagogy and the use of technology in legal education. She was voted professor of the year by the day students for the 2013-2014 school year, and voted professor of the year by students in both the day and evening programs for the 2016-2017 school year. April also co-hosts The Legal Eagle Review, a weekly radio show which can be heard on Sundays from 7-8p on WNCU 90.7 FM in Durham, North Carolina."

With recognition by the ABA and law schools that effective legal education requires more than the Socratic method and a single end-of-term exam, law professors are now being required to employ more frequent assessments to allow students an opportunity to measure their progress and cure revealed deficiencies. More frequent assessments also allow faculty to gauge the understanding of their students and make adjustments to address areas of class-wide and individual confusion. Fortunately, technology generally and ExamSoft specifically has made it easier for faculty to efficiently and accurately assess students throughout the semester. In this session, I will share how law professors can take full advantage of ExamSoft’s multiple-choice question and essay rubric functionality to facilitate and improve law student learning. During this session, I will also discuss integrating other technology tools with ExamSoft to maximize student engagement.

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Directions

Enter the campus through Gate #6 at 170 street and Goethals Avenue. A Public Safety Officer will direct you where to park. 

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