Prominent leaders across North America discuss Assessing Student Learning Outcomes: Institutional Considerations in roundtable hosted by Desire2Learn at EDUCAUSE 2007
Desire2Learn Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, yesterday hosted a roundtable on Assessing Student Learning Outcomes, bringing together thought leaders in higher education from across the United States and Canada. The Roundtable was hosted at EDUCAUSE 2007, the premier IT Event in Higher Education, held this year in Seattle, Washington.
By fostering ongoing dialogue with education leaders, Desire2Learn seeks to explore opportunities to better understand student assessment. Roundtable participants discussed ideas on accountability and how to improve student learning by changing instructional approaches and curriculum to ensure graduates have the tools and knowledge required to succeed in their professions. Key issues addressed were the steps in planning and implementing student learning outcomes assessment; the role of technology in facilitating student learning outcomes assessment; and how the assessment of student learning outcomes can assist in the reaccreditation process.
The roundtable opened with a brief presentation by Dr. Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, Division of Government and Public Affairs, American Council on Education (ACE). Dr. Hartle is widely considered American higher education’s chief lobbyist. Kathy Christoph, Director, Academic Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison facilitated the discussion. John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO, and key members of the Desire2Learn team were also present.
“Desire2Learn is committed to helping to bring technology and education together to improve student learning and this roundtable exemplifies our commitment,” said John McLeod, Director of Marketing, Desire2Learn. “By bringing together experts in the field and fostering this collaborative dialogue, we demonstrate our belief that placing a focus on assessment and student learning outcomes can enhance student learning, enabling them to achieve their highest potential.”
Over 20 institutions were represented at this roundtable including:
- Emory University
- George Mason University
- Oregon State University
- Purdue University
- South Seattle Community College
- Tennessee Board of Regents
- The Ohio State University
- The University of Iowa
Desire2Learn will continue the dialog on this topic and support further collaboration among the Roundtable participants.
Desire2Learn has hosted similar roundtables in Great Britain, Australia and the United States as part of the company’s goal to support the advancement of teaching and learning worldwide. Desire2Learn will continue to host events such as this in an effort to continually improve student learning across North America and around the globe.
About Desire2Learn Inc.
Desire2Learn Inc. is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn supports over four million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government, and other leading organizations. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com or call 1.888.772.0325.
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