Welcome to the inaugural entry for the Blackboard Blog on Assessment! My name is Charlyne Walker, and I will function as your “tour guide” on this assessment journey. I am currently the Director of Outcomes Marketing here at Blackboard. I joined the Blackboard team in May of this year after spending the last 20 years working in higher education. I hold a doctorate in Leadership and Education with a specialty in Educational Technology and have served as both a teaching faculty member as well as an administrator in higher education. In my last position, I served as Director of Educational Research and Assessment for the College of Arts and Sciences at a large public university in South Florida.
With so many things in the assessment space to occupy our time and attention, why do we need to blog about it?
The goal is for this space is to provide a place for experts, both inside and outside of Blackboard, to share best practices, discuss issues and solutions related to assessment, and communicate ideas of how to use assessment to enhance the educational experience. We will not focus on products, but on assessment practice, although we will keep you up-to-date about what Blackboard is doing in this space. You can find more information online at Blackboard Learn for Outcomes Assessment.
Assessment is no longer just for “assessment professionals.” It is now the job of everyone in education. Some of the posts will be of interest to those working directly on assessment initiatives, but others will focus on assessment in the broader arena of teaching and learning. The goal is to provide a place for reflection on:
- the best practices in this ever evolving space
- the manner in which assessment can become a part of the cultural fabric of an institution
- the use of assessment to leverage our limited resources to the greatest advantage
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