Twitter Chats

Join your AALHE colleagues as we discuss and debate important, controversial, and potentially provocative topics. Each Twitter Chat has at least one facilitator who stimulates discussion and sometimes plays the devil’s advocate. In these topical chats, members and others discuss difficult issues in 140 characters or less. Lurk or fully participate in these fascinating discussions!

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Upcoming Twitter Chats

Topic: Teaching in a Time of Trauma

Join us for our next Twitter chat scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th to explore the impacts of COVID-19 within higher education from Spring 2020 to the start of the Fall 2020 semester. This Twitter chat will be facilitated by Mindy James from California State University - Long Beach.    

Question and resources that will be discussed during the October Twitter chat:
Resources and articles for discussion - https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/09/09/what-or-why-teach-more-important-how-teach-during-moment-opinion

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/09/29/author-apologizes-inside-higher-ed-article-he-recently-wrote-opinion

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/09/09/new-approaches-assessment-can-promote-student-success-times-crisis-well-normalcy
  1. Kaufman talked about teaching “in our time of trauma” to encompass the multitude of changes in 2020. Has the role of assessment changed? If so, how.
  2. Kaufman said, “college instructors need to stop thinking of themselves as purveyors of expert knowledge and start to play the role of facilitators of human learning and personal growth for their students.” How do we assess human learning and personal growth?
  3. What is the role of assessment professionals in supporting instructors during this time?
  4. Mayhew wrote about his acknowledgment of the pain he caused to the Black community. How do we, as a higher education community, reflect on our own awareness and work towards recognizing and removing systemic racism?
  5. Is there a racial divide in assessment? If so, how can assessment be modified to better reflect diversity in higher education?
  6. Metro mentioned a standard-based assessment that focuses on equity, self-direction, and standards-based assessment that demonstrates mastery of content. Is this the best focus for assessment? If so, why? If not, what would be a better focus?
  7. Metro talks about moving towards assessment for learning instead of learning. They write about working with the student’s individuals needs and have students be actively involved in the course, including their final grade. Is this a sustainable approach?
  8. As an assessment professional, what is one thing you have learned from this “time of trauma” that you would like to share with others?