Transforming the Culture of Assessment to an Online Model: “There is More Than Meets the Eye”


The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic required higher education institutions to transform their academic and technological infrastructures with the goal of continuing to provide their students with high-quality academic services in an environment conducive to learning. One such institution is the Southern University Law Center (SULC), which needed to subvert the trap of institutional inertia, manage crises, and exhibit its adaptability, resilience, and dedication to continuously improve its program of legal education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using a retrospective analytical approach, the presenters examined the processes, challenges, and successes of transforming a traditional, student-centered, in-person formative assessment process for over 900 students into a novel online method. Disruptions of in- person learning during the pandemic required SULC, a graduate-level professional school, to implement new assessment technologies and different pedagogical modalities through a Learning Management System (LMS). These changes were implemented while balancing myriad challenges of increasing student accommodations, expanding our curricular offerings, and training faculty, staff, and students to use online learning platforms and techniques. Presenters will provide strategies and resources to help professional schools and other higher education institutions utilize innovative assessment practices to collect and analyze data in assessment processes and improve student learning. The presentation aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and explore more effective assessment practices and methods for the ongoing evaluation of an institution’s educational programs, augment student learning outcomes, and discuss ways to successfully engage students in virtual learning environments.

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Regina Ramsey, Southern University Law Center, United States
Prentice White, Southern University Law Center, United States
Angela Bruns Turner, Southern University Law Center, United States
Samantha Thompson, Southern University Law Center, United States
Luria Young, Southern University Law Center, United States

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Assessment Theories & Methodologies

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Ramsey R., White P., Turner A., Thompson S., & Young L. (2023) Transforming the Culture of Assessment to an Online Model: “There is More Than Meets the Eye” ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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