Tweets from the FDC

Don’t let the number of tweets in the FDC14 backchannel (#uwgbfdc) fool you. What it lacks in ┬ávolume, it makes up in insight.

From the early moments of the keynote by Dr. Barbara Walvoord, Professor Emerita of the University of Notre Dame, there were tweets flying on the topic of Assessment.

Dr. Barbara Walvoord answers a question from UWGB's Dr. David Voelker
Dr. Barbara Walvoord answers a question from UWGB’s Dr. David Voelker

Walvoord called for a change of perspective on assessment from meeting requirements and proving we’re doing something, to finding something to improve.


This was a central theme in her keynote and was also echoed in her breakout session where she stated that the end of assessment is not a report but …FDCTwitter11

From this, a number of tweets questioned the state and perception of assessment on the UWGB campus.FDCTwitter2

Another major theme of Dr. Walvoord’s approach to assessment is the importance of faculty-driven change at all levels of the institution.


Tied to this concept is the need for faculty development, understanding and buy-in for assessment…


… that are inclusive for all teaching staff. FDCTwitter6

And the tweets didn’t stop with the keynote. Breakout session also inspired a number of ideas on assessment.FDCTwitter10FDCTwitter12FDCTwitter8FDCTwitter9

While the conference title – “Assessment as a Tool for Change” – may not have seemed like the most inspiring topic, the passion and experience of the speakers confounded that expectation.


Joanne DolanJoanne Dolan
Instructional Design Coordinator, CATL

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