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Roy J. Zuckerberg Leadership Chair Speaker Series

This speaker series features recognized leaders in online education and assessment offering keynote addresses and workshops for UMass faculty. The speaker series is also sponsored by UMass Dartmouth’s Office of Faculty Development.

November 5, 2012 -- Dr. Thomas Angelo on classroom assessment techniques. For more on Dr. Angelo:

UMass faculty from all five campuses are invited to participate in two workshops on classroom assessment techniques with Dr. Tom Angelo. Participants are welcome in person or virtually as the workshops will be streamed live.

Session #1 – 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Seven Levers for Higher and Deeper Learning: Research-based Guidelines and Strategies for Improving Teaching, Assessment, and Learning – Click Here for Workshop Handout

How much would you trust a physician, engineer, athletic coach, or nurse who failed to keep up with and apply lessons from relevant research in his/her field?  Or one who could not apply basic principles of good practice to new situations, with new client populations, or in using new technologies?  Probably not much. Yet many faculty and academic administrators remain (relatively) unaware of current research in psychology, cognitive science, and education -- on teaching, learning, assessment and feedback -- and on its potential relevance to our daily practice.

This highly interactive session will explore seven research-based guidelines and provide practical examples of simple, powerful applications to improve student engagement and learning in and beyond our (virtual and actual) classrooms. Participants can expect to gain at least two or three ideas you can easily adapt to your own work.

To view the workshop virtually:
Windows Media Player:

To ask questions, use a chat tool to contact Professor JRiley and send your question there.

Session #2 – 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Fostering Critical Thinking across the Curriculum: Practical, Research-based Strategies for  Connecting Objectives, Teaching, and Assessment to Improve Learning – Click here for Workshop Handout

Why do so many college students resist higher-order critical thinking?  And why do so many students who attempt critical thinking find it so difficult?  Cognitive development theories and research (e.g. Perry, Belenkey, et al., Biggs, and Kitchener & King) can help us understand their resistance/difficulties and distinguish the typical levels of critical thinking students engage in, running from "naive realism" (black or white) through "rampant relativism" (anything goes) to "constrained social constructivism" (what our curricula assume and require). Participants can expect to gain practical strategies and techniques for promoting and assessing critical thinking more effectively at classroom and program levels in the context of increasing student diversity and decreasing resources.

To view the workshop virtually:
Windows Media Player:

To ask questions, use a chat tool to contact Professor JRiley and send your question there.

Both events are also available via mobile stream at

Past Events
Assessment in Higher Education

Date: January 17, 2012

Location: UMass Dartmouth, Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center (ATMC)

Time: 8:30am-1:30pm

Keynote address and workshop featuring Dr. Linda Suskie

Linda Suskie is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, workshop facilitator, and consultant on a broad variety of higher education assessment and accreditation topics. The second edition of her book Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide (Jossey-Bass) is one of the best-selling books on assessment in higher education. Linda will open the day with workshop from 8:30-12:00 on classroom assessment practices with a particular emphasis on developing assignments tied to course learning objectives. Faculty will workshop an actual class and leave with plans in place for an individual course.

The workshop will be followed by a luncheon and talk from Linda on the assessment in higher education. Linda’s talk will address current conversations in higher education regarding assessment and accountability. The talk will be streamed live to the UMass campuses for those who cannot attend in person.

The first 5 faculty registrants from each campus will receive a $100 professional development stipend. Additionally an iPad2 will be raffled off during the event. Breakfast and lunch provided.

To register: CLOSED.

Resources and presentation recording located here:

Assessing Student Writing Using Rubrics

Date:  January 27, 2012

Location: UMass Dartmouth, Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center (ATMC)

Presentation and workshop featuring Dr. Nedra Reynolds from the University of Rhode Island

Dr. Nedra Reynolds, Professor of Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island, joins us to offer a talk on teaching critical writing followed by  a workshop on creating effective rubrics to assess writing assignments. Faculty will leave the event with practical ideas and strategies for rubric development and useful approaches to assessing student writing in face-to-face, blended, and online courses. Lunch will be served.

To register: CLOSED.

Resources and presentation recording located here:

Facilitating and Assessing Online Discussions

Date: March 2, 2012

Location: UMassOnline, Shrewsbury

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Presentation and workshop featuring Dr. Sarah Haavind from Lesley University

Dr. Sarah Haavind, Associate Professor of Education at Lesley University, joins us to share strategies for effectively facilitating and assessing online discussions. Co-author of Facilitating Online Learning: Strategies for Moderators (Atwood: 2000), Dr. Haavind publishes and presents regularly at national conferences on facilitating deepened online learning and online constructivist pedagogy. Faculty will leave with strategies for facilitating and assessing discussion board activities for their web-enhanced, blended, or fully online courses. This presentation will be streamed live to the UMass campuses.

This event is co-sponsored by UMassOnline.

To register: CLOSED.

Resources for talk and workshop located here:\

UMass Dartmouth 2nd Annual Teaching with Technology Conference

Date: April 9, 2012

Location: UMass Dartmouth, Woodland Commons

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Keynote Address: Dr. Gardner Campbell, Director of Professional Development Innovative Initiatives at Virginia Tech

"The Paradox of the Active Learner"

W. Gardner Campbell is Director of Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives at Virginia Tech, where he also serves as an Associate Professor of English in the Department of English. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech, Gardner was founding Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor University, as well as Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Learning in the Honors College. Before coming to Baylor, he was Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, where from 2003-2006 he also served as Assistant Vice-President for Teaching and Learning Technologies. He has been involved in teaching and learning technologies for nearly two decades, including work at the University of San Diego and the University of Richmond, where in the fall of 2006 he was Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Gardner received his B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute (2005), was chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia from 2006 to 2008, and has served on program committees for both EDUCAUSE and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. A member of the ELI Advisory Board from 2007-2011, Gardner currently serves on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and is Chair of the Board of Directors for the New Media Consortium.

Keynote address will be streamed for interested campuses.

The event will include poster presentations from UMass Dartmouth faculty documenting blended course designs and assessment of student learning during a wine and cheese reception after the keynote address.

To register:  CLOSED.

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