Scholarship of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

We work with faculty to support the scholarship of teaching and learning. Over 60 reports have been completed for the Improving Teaching with Technology Grants  instituted in 2013. The Improving Teaching with Technology posters proved an effective incentive for faculty to experiment with new pedagogy, gather evidence, and analyze results. Faculty poster and podium presentations are featured at the Improving Teaching with Technology Symposium. The following is a list of reports and posters from the Improving Teaching with Technology grants from 2013-2015. (See reports)

Office of Assessment Presentations

Following is a list of research and scholarship regarding teaching, learning, and assessment co-developed by the Office of Assessment and SMU faculty.

Landau, V. & Bamford, P. How Curriculum Mapping Visualization is Transforming Assessment at Samuel Merritt University Podium Presentation at WASC Academic Resource Conference, April 2012.

Landau, V. & Bamford, P. Neurons That Fire Together Wire Together: assessing educational effectiveness using data visualization, qualitative evidence and sonification. Podium Presentation at WASC ARC, San Diego, April 2013.

Brennan, P. & Landau, V. Visualizing the Curriculum Mapping Process of Genetic and Genomics Content to Impact Learning Outcomes in Healthcare Education. Podium presentation at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics 25th Anniversary Conference and Silver Anniversary Celebration. Bethesda. September 2013.

Landau, V. Innovative Assessment Methodology and Web-based Technology for Accreditation. Podium presentation at American University. Washington, District of Columbia. October 2013.

Yensen, J., Landau, V. Meet and Beat Accreditation Standards with Curriculum Mapping. Podium Presentation at the 20th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. Orlando, Florida. November 2013.

Landau, V. QSEN Webinar Series Part I: Neurons That Fire Together, Wire Together. Invited Presentation via Webinar presented online for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. November 2013.

Bamford, P. & Landau, V. Television Interview on Health Care Education. Interviewed by Mei Lin Fung on Just Picture It. Palo Alto TV. Palo Alto, California. November 2013.

Landau, V. Facilitating a Culture of Assessment: Aligning Goals, Outcomes and Evidence. Invited Presentation for Program for the Future, Google. Mountain View, California. December 2013.

Bamford, P. & Landau, V. Assessing Educational Effectiveness Using Shape, Color and Sound. Poster presented at Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana and Online. February 2014.

Landau, V. Assessing Outcomes. Invited Presentation at Solano County Public Health. Fairfield, California. February 2014.

Landau, V. Transforming Health Education, Franchise for Humanity. Podium presentation for Global Innovation Summit. Stanford University. Palo Alto, California. February 2014.

Haugen, N., Early, M. & Landau, V. Aligning Student and Institutional Learning Outcomes?  There’s an App for That!  Poster presented at 2014 Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Western Institute of Nursing. Seattle, Washington. March 201

Bamford, P., Landau, V. Rockin´ the Paradigm: A Case Study in Creating a Culture of Assessment. Podium Presentation at WASC Academic Resource Conference. Los Angeles, California. April 2014.

Landau, V. A Case Study in Creating a Culture of Assessment Invited Presentation at the Student Learning Outcomes Symposium, West Los Angeles College, California. May 2014.

Haugen, N., Early, M. & Landau, V. Aligning QSEN Competencies with Student Learning Outcomes and Student Work?  There’s an App for That!  Poster presentation at the 2014 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum. Baltimore, Maryland. May 2014. Awarded Best Academic Poster.

Article:  SMU Faculty Awarded Best Research Poster

Landau, V. Using Color, Shape, Sound and Gamification to Enhance Analysis of Learning Analytics. Podium Presentation at the New Media Consortium Conference. Portland, Oregon. June 2014. News article SMU DIRECTOR OF ASSESSMENT PRESENTS AT NEW MEDIA CONFERENCE

Landau, V. Un Metodo Para Mejorar La Evaluación de Eficiencia Educacional en la Ciencias de la Medicas. A Better Way to Evaluate Educational Efficiencies of Medics in Science. Paper presented at II Conferencia de Educación Médica para el siglo XXI. Havana, Cuba. October 2014.

Haugen, N., Landau, V., Early, M. Visualize Curricular Quality: An Innovative Curriculum Mapping Application. Poster Presentation at AACN's Baccalaureate Education Conference. Baltimore, MD. November 2014.

Landau, V., Haugen, N., Early, M., & Strong, S. Student Learning on Diversity, Health Disparities, Social Justice in an ABSN Program. Poster session at Equity and Access: Nursing Research, Practice, and Education. Western Institute for Nursing. Albuquerque, NM. April 2015.

Landau, V. Curriculum Mapping Initiative, Presentation: Assessment Leadership Academy Alumni Colloquium, Poster, WASC Senior College and University Commission Academic Resource Conference Oakland, April 2015.

Haugen, N., Early, M., Landau, V., & Strong, S. Does Teaching About Diversity, Health Disparities and Social Justice Result in Learning: A Content Analysis of Student Work. Poster at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity. Washington, DC. May 2015.

Landau, V. Grobani, D. Indicators Pointing to Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education, Interactive Info-graphic Selected for publication as Best Higher Education Infographics on website

Landau, V. Health Care in Cuba: an overview Invited Presentation at People-Centered Internet Symposium, Stanford University, Palo Alto, October, 2105.
Seated organizers: Manu Bhardwaj, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State, Mei Lin Fung, Vint Cerf, Google Evangelist, Nagy Hanna, World Bank, Anil Srivastava, president Open Health Systems Laboratory, Ahmed Calvo, Medical Officer, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Landau, V. Curriculum Mapping: using visualization and sonification to analyze alignment between course, program and institutional learning outcomes. Invited Presentation via webinar  for 109 members of The Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE), November 2, 2015.

Landau, V. The Future of Text, invited presentation The Future of Text Symposium, Moore Foundation, Palo Alto, December 9, 2015.

Landau, V. Data & Behavior Research: New Data Languages, Keynote address at the Digital Analytics Awards Gala, San Francisco, April 4, 2016.

Landau, V. The Future of Text, invited presentation The Future of Text Symposium, Google Headquarters, Mountain View, August 25, 2016.


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