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ASSESStivus January 25 and 26, 2021

Assessment for the Rest of Us. ASSESStivus will be held entirely virtually this year. Registration is required for security reasons, but you may register all the way to end of any individual session.

Focus for Monday, January 25, 2021: Assessment Basics

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Focus for Tuesday, January 26, 2021: Assessing our Responses to the COVID Crisis

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Keynote address: "Telling Our Stories in a Post-Covid World" by Dr. Kevin Gannon, author of Radical Hope

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 11 AM - 12:10 PM - View recorded keynote

Meaningful assessment is difficult enough without trying to do it in the middle of a global pandemic that’s forced us and our students almost entirely online. But meaningful assessment has also never been as urgent as it is in our current moment. If we think of assessment as simply telling the story of student learning, we need to make sure that we’re telling our story well so others aren’t telling it for us. How can we use assessment--done organically, meaningfully, and well--to advocate for ourselves and our students in a post-Covid landscape? What stories do we want to tell, and to whom should we be telling them? This session will frame assessment as a hopeful, process-oriented activity and  suggest strategies for individual faculty and programs to use in our changed learning environment. 

Biography of Dr. Gannon:
Kevin Gannon is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, published in April, 2020, as part of the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series from West Virginia University Press. He is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, and his work has also appeared in outlets such as Vox, CNN, and The Washington Post. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay. You can find Kevin online at his blog,, and on Twitter: @TheTattooedProf.

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