Student Success Week 2014

Student Success Week returns in 2014, from October 6-10, 2014 for its second annual virtual conference.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Common Standards | Uncommon Feedback.” It will be a week of webcasts and activities that address the opportunities as well as challenges that institutions and educators face when attempting to balance the need to measure student success and provide targeted, differentiated, and “learner-focused” feedback.

This year we are lining up some premier thought leaders on the topic to share their perspectives, lessons, and research. Additionally Turnitin and its sponsors invite presentation proposals from the educational community on topics that discuss how technology can be brought to bear in meeting this need.

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I am required to give regular feedback in my online courses. This information gives me a solid goal to aim at, and helps me to adjust my responses to students.
- James Newell, Excelsior College

Watch Webcasts from Last Year’s Student Success Week

Grant Wiggins

Keynote Address: The State of Feedback Under the Common Core

Featuring Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education

Feedback. It is central to all learning, whether by young students or veteran teachers. With all the understandable focus on (and angst about) the Common Core Standards, it is vital to remind ourselves that high standards in any field are never met the first time. Thus, the quality of the feedback (and the opportunities to use it) become a central feature of effective instruction and improved learning. Grant Wiggins will explain what true feedback is and isn't, and how to ensure that students get more of it—without sacrificing achievement.

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Melody Pickle

Using Web-based Technology for Interactive, Formative Feedback in Online Learning

Featuring Melody Pickle, Kaplan University Writing Center

This session will discuss how using technology and proven online pedagogies for interaction and substantive student feedback increases student engagement in online learning. Specifically, this presentation demonstrates how Academic Support Centers develop web-based tutorials, offer personalized video feedback, provide live, online tutoring and workshop sessions to create learning spaces where both students and tutor are "present."

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Stephanie Lewin-Hardy

Organic Feedback: Growing through Consistent Adjustments

Featuring Stephanie Lewin-Hardy, Kean University

This session will explore ways to integrate assessment into one's lesson plan in order to grow as an educator and to be a more dynamic instructor. Learn how to utilize feedback effectively and develop skills to make learning a more effective and enjoyable experience.

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Nancy Doorey

Aligned Assessments: Effective Formative Assessments to Meet Common Core Standards

Featuring Nancy Doorey, K-12 Center at ETS®

How can formative assessment processes and tools be used to adjust instruction based on individual student needs and improve student learning? This session will provide a framework for thinking about the various types of research-based formative assessment processes and tools now available, from teacher-student interactions to carefully crafted educational games with embedded formative assessments. In addition, vetted repositories of resources specifically aligned to the Common Core State Standards will be discussed.

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Elizabeth Jones

Data-Driven Decisions: Using Rubrics for Programmatic Assessments

Featuring Elizabeth Jones, Notre Dame of Maryland University

This session will provide real-world examples of expanding the use of rubric data to generate course-level assessments and to make program-level changes. Course-level examples examine development of critical thinking and comparison between online and face-to-face sections. Program-level example shows how rubric assessments allow a department to make actionable decisions.

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Panel of Students

Office Hours: Students Share Successful Feedback Tips

Featuring a Panel of Students

This session will discuss the impact of the types and timing of feedback students receive as well as the feedback they find most meaningful and helpful. This discussion will be framed around a study of 1,000 students conducted by Turnitin entitled, "Closing the Gap: What Students Say About Instructor Feedback.

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