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Assessment Symposium

Data Visualization: Presenting Data Effectively Friday, February 19, 2016


08:30 AM to 09:00 AM
Registration and Check-in

09:00 AM – 09:15 AM
Welcome Speech

09:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Keynote, Dr. Stephanie Evergreen

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel Discussion

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

01:00 PM – 01:50 PM
Breakout Sessions

02:00 PM – 02:50 PM
Breakout Sessions

03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
Breakout Sessions

Keynote Speaker

Stephanie Evergreen

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is a sought-after speaker, designer, and researcher. She is best known for bringing a research-based approach to helping researchers better communicate their work through more effective graphs, slides, and reports. She holds a PhD from Western Michigan University in interdisciplinary evaluation, which included a dissertation on the extent of graphic design use in written research reporting. Dr. Evergreen has trained researchers worldwide through keynote presentations and workshops, for clients including Verizon, Head Start, American Institutes for Research, Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institute, and the United Nations. She is the 2015 recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Guttentag award, given for notable accomplishments early in a career. Dr. Evergreen is co-editor and co-author of two issues of New Directions for Evaluation on data visualization. She writes a popular blog on data presentation at

In Action


This clip is a segment from Stephanie Evergreen’s seminar on Presenting data effectively, sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and hosted by BetterEvaluation, the Centre for Applied Social Research/RMIT University and the Australasian Evaluation Society.

Presenting Data Effectively

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen

Increase Impact
Crystal clear graphs, slides, and reports are valuable – they save an audience’s mental energies, keep a reader engaged, and make you look smart. In this workshop, attendees will learn the science behind presenting data effectively and will leave with direct, pointed changes that can be immediately administered to significantly increase impact.

Building A Visual Toolbox
This distribution includes dashboards, infographics, and simple interactive games. Grounded in visual processing theory, the principles will enhance attendees’ ability to communicate more effectively with peers, colleagues, and stakeholders through a focus on the proper use of color, arrangement, graphics, and text.

Data For Everyone
The workshop will address principles of data visualization, handout, and slideshow design that support legibility, comprehension, and retention of our data in the minds of our audiences. Together we will focus on how to make visual sense of data and distribute it in a way that readers will discuss, remember, and love.

Become A Rockstar
Attendees will receive loads of handouts and materials exclusively available to workshop participants that will guide you through the tried-and-true process of developing visuals that teach, engage, and make you look like a rockstar.

Hands On Session

This session will be presented by Dr. Stephanie Evergreen.

Seating for the hands-on session has reached max capacity. If you are interested in being waitlisted for the event please send an email to: with the following information: Name, Institution, and Contact Info.

Behind the Wow:

Hands-on Data Visualization Construction in Excel.

Excel can be a powerful and accessible tool for data visualization – if you know how to use it right. In this session, Dr. Stephanie Evergreen will lead you through how to manipulate Excel into making impactful charts and graphs, step-by-step, using provided data sets distributed to the audience. You will leave the session with more in depth knowledge about to craft effective data displays using the tools you already know inside and out. This session will take place in a computer lab. Completing the session moves one to Excel Ninja Level 10.


1:00 PM – 1:50 PM Break Out Sessions

Chuck Powell
Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning + Technology at Stony Brook University

Presentation: The Case for Frequent Low Stakes (FLS) Grading

In this session Chuck Powell will make a case for Frequent Low Stakes (FLS) Grading as a great way to assess student performance, ensure students receive quality feedback that will improve their learning and create a class environment that is active and engaging. Chuck will briefly review the literature and research on the topic, talk about his personal experiences using the technique in several types of undergraduate courses and highlight important practical time saving techniques you can implement in Blackboard or other standard campus systems.

Amy Milligan, MBA
Assistant Dean for Administration
Faith Matranga
Undergraduate Coordinator, Office of Student Services

Presentation: Creating an Assessment Process: What Works, What Doesn’t & What We Have Learned

The College of Business began the process of shifting to a culture of assessment in 2012. We have worked to create process, measurable outcomes, collect data and begin the analysis. We will facilitate a discussion around: How and where do you start? What do you do with the data collected? Who is responsible?

Ahmed W. Belazi, MPH
Director of Planning and Staff Development, Student Affairs

Presentation: Qualtrics: A Beautiful Multi-tool of Online Survey Research

This session will discuss best-practices and strategies for making the most of the research suite known as Qualtrics. Participants will learn both basic and advanced techniques towards meeting their assessment needs. The session will be both interactive and participant driven; and will cover a range of topics including building and distributing your assessment to analyzing results. This session will also include a special focus on data visualization using the integrated robust reporting platform.

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Break Out Sessions

Jennifer Jaiswal
Technology / Teaching, Learning + Technology, Stony Brook University

Presentation: Reporting Functions in Blackboard

Being able to to gather and evaluate your student data in the course of the semester is important to knowing how your students are performing and ensuring that you can respond to students needs quickly. Developing an effective plan for gathering and assessing student data is critical for developing a strategy that can best assist you and your students.

Debbie Zelizer, Ph.D., LCSW
Chair, Department of Health Science
Deborah Firestone, MT(ASCP) SBB, Ed.D.
Clinical Associate Professor

Presentation: Programmatic Assessment Planning

Patricia Aceves Ed.D.
Director, The Faculty Center, Stony Brook University

Presentation: TBA

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Break Out Sessions

Sheri Clark, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Inclusive Education

Presentation: Capturing Academic Engagement: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Educational Assessment

This session will present a multi-faced approach to assessing student engagement. In addition to assessing the traditional measures of student engagement and achievement (e.g. grades, time to degree), I will present psychosocial variables that have been identified in social-cognitive and educational research to be linked to student persistence and success. The goal of this session is to equip attending participants with concrete ideas and methods for generating meaningful data to assess the impact of developed educational activities.

Braden J. Hosch, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness

Presentation: Leveraging Campus Resources for Program Assessment

This session provides an overview of resources and support available through the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness to advance assessment activities. Salient assessment principles, baseline metrics, useful control approaches, benchmarking, web-based resources, SBU Reporting, and presentation techniques will be discussed.

Sarah Malmquist, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

Presentation: Formative Assessment with Clickers: More Than Just Taking Attendance

Student response systems, or “clickers,” can be powerful tools for promoting student metacognition, higher order thinking skills and active learning, and provide valuable opportunities for instructors to assess and refine their teaching in real time. Sarah will review some of the best practices and challenges of using clickers, and share some of her own experience using creative clicker questions in a very large lecture classroom. Attendees will also be able to develop and refine some of these formative assessments for use in various classroom settings.

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