Keynote Presenters


Kim Meldrum


As a passionate educator and author, in June of 2016 Kim published her first book entitled, “Assessment that Matters: Using Technology to Personalize Learning” about how to gather rich assessment information from student creations using technology as a tool for learning. In her book Kim provides the reader with an understanding of the critical role that assessment for and as learning play in providing students of all ages with the feedback and encouragement they need to be successful learners.

She provides educators with practical examples of how to help students of all ages use technology to demonstrate their learning in different ways.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 Online Keynote (8:45 - 10 am)

Assessment That Matters

Our students live in a technologically rich world and have incredible skills and knowledge. How do we leverage their skills with technology in way that engages, enhances and promotes real learning? In her passionate and motivating talks, Kim shares strategies and practical suggestions on how to have students demonstrate their knowledge in diverse ways using the tools of technology. Kim’s keynote will explore ways that we can assess our students’ learning that will allow us to encourage and inspire them to become lifelong, reflective learners. Kim will challenge us to reflect on our understanding of assessment. She will share with us the critical role that assessment for learning and assessment as learning play in the development of lifelong learners.

Dr. Kimberly Tanner


Dr. Kimberly Tanner, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University, will present the opening and closing keynotes of the face-to-face portions of the conference. Dr. Tanner directs SEPAL – the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, which is focused on understanding how people learn science, especially biology.

Trained as a research neurobiologist, Dr. Tanner has been nationally and internationally recognised for both her research and her teaching, and received the National Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College Science Teachers.

Thursday May 11, 2017 Keynote (8:45 - 10 am)

Assessing our Practice: Becoming Metacognitive about Teaching Choices

As teachers, we make lots of choices—some conscious, some unconscious—on a daily basis. To what extent do those choices align with what is known about how the brain learns? For example, how will we spend our in-class time with students? What strategies will be most effective at a given moment? Participants in this workshop will reflect on their current teaching practices and explore the 5E learning cycle model as an analytical tool for understanding teaching choices.

Friday May 12, 2017 Keynote (1:15 - 2:45 pm)

Beyond Assessing Knowledge – Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Moving Towards Measuring Expertise among Undergraduates

We know that there are clear differences in how novices and experts approach the same ideas. In this interactive seminar, we will explore those differences experientially, using the example of biology in particular. In the course of this workshop we’ll draw upon the presenter’s recent research that integrates concepts and practices from both science education and cognitive psychology.

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