Learning Outcomes: Evolution of Assessment (2016)

October 17, 2016 – October 18, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Continuing on from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 conferences, this year’s event was held on October 17 and 18, 2016 in Toronto’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (formerly the Metropolitan).

Detailed Program: Learning Outcomes: Evolution of Assessment Full Program Guide

Program at a Glance: Learning Outcomes: Evolution of Assessment – Program at a Glance

Keynote Speakers: Peter Ewell, Charles Blaich and Kathy Wise were our keynote speakers for this year’s Learning Outcomes Symposium. Please open the following link for their bios: Keynote Speaker Bios – LO Symposium 2016

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Call for Proposals: The Call for Proposals is now closed


Plenary Panel: Communicating Learning Outcomes: Employer and Institutional Perspectives

Panel: Jamie Cleary, President, Ontario Undergraduate Student Association (OUSA); Nanda Dimitrov, Acting Director, Teaching Support Centre, Western University; Tracy Gedies, Director, Centre for Academic Excellence, Fanshawe College; Valerie Walker, Vice President, Innovation and Skills, the Business Council of Canada

Session 1

Workshop A: Accommodation, Learning Outcomes and Graduate Studies

Discussion Leader: Linda Miller, Western University

Workshop B: International Trends and Activities

Speakers: Roger Benjamin, President and CEO, Council for Aid to Education (CAE); Mary Catharine Lennon, Senior Policy Advisor, Postsecondary Education Quality Assurance Board (PEQAB); Tom Van Essen, Executive Director, Educational Testing Service (ETS)international-trends-and-activities-thomas-van-essen

Workshop C: Building Trust in the Adoption of an Outcomes Assessment Based Process for Curriculum Improvement

Speakers: Rania Al-Hammoud, Samanthi Sooriyabandara and Derek Wright, University of Waterloo

Workshop D: From the Ground Up: A Decision Aid for Outcomes-Based Assessment – Introduction and Use

Speakers: Natalie Chow, Kenneth McKay and Mehrdad Pirnia, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

Workshop E: Does the “A” – “F” Letter Grading System Serve Outcomes Based Pedagogy?

Discussion Leaders: Chris Sinclair and Connie Winder, George Brown College

Workshop F: Informal Networking

Workshop G: Communicating Learning Outcomes: Employer and Institutional Perspectives

Discussion Leader: Valerie Walker, the Business Council of Canada

Session 2

Workshop A: Trends and Insights from Analyzing Program Review Self-Study Documents

Speakers: Klodiana Kolomitro, Claire O’Brien, Jill Scott and Denise Stockley, Queen’s University

Workshop B: The Reluctant Leader- Encouraging and Including Librarians in Learning Outcomes Development and Assessment

Speaker: Heather Campbell, Western University

Workshop C: Evaluation Mapping:  An Interactive Workshop to Create and Review Alignments


Speakers: Melissa Barnard and Patricia Kaye, Fanshawe College

Workshop D: Integrating New Accreditation Standards

Speakers: Elizabeth DeMarsh and Heather Farmer, Sheridan College

Workshop E: The Evolution of Assessment on Creativity: Defining what “A” Means in Creativity Assessment

Speaker: Bernie Murray, Ryerson University

Workshop F: Evaluating and Mapping Course and Major Progressions using a Learning Outcomes Framework

Speakers: John Dawson, Paisley Worthington and Dale Lackeyram, University of Guelph

Session 3

Workshop A: Assessing and Addressing Prior Knowledge to Support Student Learning

Speakers: Connie Winder and Chris Sinclair, George Brown College

Workshop B: Barista or Better? Where a College or University Diploma Will Take You – A Tax Data Linkage Approach

Speaker: Ross Finnie, University of Ottawa

Workshop C: Assessing the ‘Whole Person’: Creating Common Rubrics to Assess Learning Outcomes Across the Entire University Experience

Speakers: Heather Campbell and John Mitchell, Brescia University College, Western University

Workshop D: Online Rubric Builder – “Basics,” A Starting Point for Assessment of Cognitive Skills

Speakers: Jill Scott and Natalie Simper, Queen’s University

Workshop E: Documenting and Assessing Learning Outcomes with Sesame

Speakers: Camille Rutherford, Brock University and Mary Wilson, Niagara College

Workshop F: Partnering for Student Success: Creating Course Outcomes that Integrate Institutional Information Literacy Learning Outcomes

Speaker: Kim McPhee, Western University

Workshop G: Assessing International Graduate Students’ Evolving Academic Literacies: Reflections on a Collaborative Model

Presentation 1

Speakers: Katherine Anderson, Stephen Armstrong, James Corcoran, Angelica Galante and Bruce Russell, University of Toronto

Workshop H: How do I Assess Critical Thinking, Anyway? (PART 1 and PART 2)


Speakers: John Dawson, Dale Lackeyram and Paisley Worthington

Session 4

Workshop A: Supporting the Evolution of Assessment- Authentic Assessment, Accessibility, and Deepened Course Alignment


Speakers: Shannon Dea and Trevor Holmes, University of Waterloo

Workshop B: Queen’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Project: Tracking Student Achievement and Comparing Utility of Tools

Speakers: Brian Frank, Jill Scott and Natalie Simper, Queen’s University

Workshop C: Developing a New Rubric to Assess College Degree-Level Learning


Speakers: Tracy Gedies and Wm. Paul Meahan, Fanshawe College

Workshop D: Beyond the Collection of Data: Meaningful Mapping of Program Outcomes


Speakers: Genevieve Gauthier, Jovan Groen and Patrick Milot, University of Ottawa

Workshop E: Course-Level Assessment of Learning Outcomes: Variety, Transparency, Alignment

Speakers: Cathy Bruce and Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, Trent University

Workshop F: Revitalizing Graduate Attribute Initiatives Across the Faculty: A Panel Discussion

Speakers: Rania Al-Hammoud, Michele Bristow, Jason Grove, Andrew Milne, Mehrdad Pirnia and Derek Wright, University of Waterloo

Workshop G: Curriculum Revolution or Evolution: A Case for Ongoing Curriculum Improvement Processes

Speakers: Joanne Hewson, Kerry Lissemore and Dale Lackeyram, University of Guelph

Workshop H: Building Inquiry and Research Skills: Librarians as Partners in Developing Outcomes and Formative Assessment Strategies

Speakers: Jackie Druery, Corinne Laverty and Victoria Remenda, Queen’s University


Between the Rock and the Hard Place: Lessons Learned form Working Between External Demands and Internal Resistance to Improve Student Learning

Keynote Speakers: Charles Blaich and Kathy Wise, Centre of Inquiry at Wabash College and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)


Session 1

Workshop A: Leveraging your Learning Management System to Inform Curriculum Improvement

Speakers: John Donald, Richard Zytner, Richard Gorrie and Jason Thompson, University of Guelph

Workshop B: Called to Action: Creating Learning Outcomes Based on the Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Speakers: Kahente Horn-Miller and Andrea Thompson, Carleton University

Workshop C: Rhapsody on Graduate Program Diversity: Linking Music Program Learning Outcomes With Graduate Degree Level Expectations

Speaker: Catherine Nolan, Western University

Workshop D: Measuring Student Learning Outcomes in Higher Education: HEIghten Approach (PART 1 and PART 2)

Speaker: Javarro Russell, Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Workshop E: Inclusive Assessment Aligned to Outcomes

Discussion Leaders: Sandra Cardinal and Theresa Steger

Workshop F: Informal Networking

Workshop G: Assessing Outcomes of Faculty Development Programming

Discussion Leader: Natasha Hannon, Niagara College


Aligning Goals, Assessment, and Pedagogy: Assignment Design as a Key Faculty Activity

Keynote Speaker: Peter Ewell, National Centre for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

Session 2

Workshop A: From College to Graduate School – Experiences from the Trenches

Speakers: Amanda Boyd, Conestoga College, Sarah Horsford, St. Lawrence College, Nicholas Johnston, Sheridan College, Stephanie Lamanna, Seneca College and Andy Prince, Fanshawe College

Workshop B: Including Diverse Perspectives – Analyzing Curriculum Mapping Data for Gaps and Opportunities

Speakers: Patti Dyjur and Frances Kalu, University of Calgary

Workshop C: Evolutions in Curriculum Mapping: Changing Practices to Support Program Learning Outcomes Assessment

Speakers: Erin Aspenlieder and Lori Goff, McMaster University, Jovan Groen, University of Ottawa, Clarke Mathany, University of Guelph and Gavan Watson, Western University

Workshop D: Mapping the Terrain of Learning Outcomes

Speaker: Mary Catharine Lennon, Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB)

Workshop E: Learning Outcomes Assessment of Master and PhD Theses

Speaker: Kamran Siddiqui, Western University

Workshop F: Integrating Game-Based Elements in Assessing Learning Outcomes

Speakers: Robert Bajko, David Chandross and Leonora Zefi, Ryerson University

Workshop G: A Flexible Framework: Developing Institutional-Focused Information Literacy Learning Outcomes


Speakers: Heather Buchansky, Eveline Houtman and Courtney Lundrigan, University of Toronto

Workshop H: Facilitating the Creation of Optimal Transfer Pathways: Using NVivo for Qualitative Analysis of Learning Outcomes in Curriculum Documents

Speakers: Nancy Noldy-MacLean and Heather Raikou, Georgian College

Plenary Panel

State of the Union

Panel members: Eileen De Courcy, Humber College, John Doerksen, Western University, Ross Finnie, University of Ottawa, Linda Miller, Western University


The Program Planning Committee would like to thank the following organizations and groups for their support towards this year’s conference:


Council of Ontario Universities (COU)

Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS)

Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS)

Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (the Quality Council)

Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (the Quality Council)

Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT)

Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT)

Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB)

Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB)

Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS)

Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS)