Chronicle “Big Data” Webinar

On November 16, 2011 The Chronicle of Higher Education hosted a webinar titled “Big Data. Big Conversation: Drexel University’s Journey to Meaningful Assessment.”

Over 550 educators from 25 countries came together to learn about Drexel’s experiences and achievements, and to seek answers to some of the challenges to developing meaningful assessment practices.

Sponsored by Waypoint Outcomes and moderated by Waypoint CEO Andrew McCann, the session was recorded and is available, along with selected resources, here:


Watch and listen to the recorded webinar.







Big Data, Big Conversation: Drexel University’s Journey to Meaningful Assessment

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Learning outcomes assessment is an opportunity and a challenge for educators. There is great potential for further engaging faculty and students, documenting authentic data on student learning, and deepening our understanding of curricular and organizational change on student outcomes. The challenges are myriad: resources, culture, shifting requirements, complexity.

Please join a panel of experts for a discussion of Drexel University’s varied and deep approaches to learning outcomes assessment of 21st-century skills. The session will present the results of multi-year assessment projects, including high-level summaries of thousands of data points, and a candid review of nuts-and-bolts tactical challenges. These assessment projects include work specifically with the business school (AACSB: ethics, communication skills, analytic thinking) and general education and first-year writing (critical thinking, information literacy, writing skills).


  • Dr. Rebecca Ingalls, Director of the Freshman Writing Program
  • Dr. Karen Nulton, Director of Drexel University Writing Assessment
  • Dr. Scott Warnock, Director of the Drexel Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum


  • Decentralized, faculty-led assessment: general education
  • Sampling of student work: situational assessment for AACSB Assurance of Learning
  • Large-scale, formal, normed assessment: first-year writing

The panel has led collaboration across numerous disciplines at Drexel, providing faculty and administrators with multiple pathways to successful assessment of student learning.

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This webinar is sponsored by Waypoint Outcomes and hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. All content presented during the event is provided by the speakers.



Rebecca Ingalls, Director of the Freshman Writing Program

Picture of Dr. Rebecca IngallsDr. Ingalls specializes in composition and rhetoric, with sub-interests in first-year writing, extracurricular literacy practices, queer rhetoric, religious rhetoric, and plagiarism. Her work is found in inventio, Academe, The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and The Journal of Popular Culture.


Karen Nulton, Director of Drexel University Writing Assessment

Picture of Dr. Karen NultonDr. Nulton concentrates on writing assessment, pedagogy, and writing across the curriculum. She believes writing is a tool for students and faculty alike to explore and link ideas. She values collaboration and strives to bring this philosophy to her work in the Drexel Writing Center.


Scott Warnock, Director of the Drexel Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum

Picture of Dr. Scott WarnockDr. Warnock’s specialty is technology to enhance writing instruction across the curriculum. His research interests include the influence of digital tools on the writing process, new tools for writing assessment, and science and medical rhetoric. In addition to freshman writing, he also teaches a variety of courses including business and technical writing, and writing for the web.



Andrew McCann, CEO and Founder, Waypoint Outcomes

Picture of Andrew McCannIn 2003, Andrew McCann founded Waypoint Outcomes to commercialize software he developed to dramatically improve feedback to learners while developing data on their achievement. An expert in rubric and assessment design, he counsels K–12 and higher education clients on accreditation, eLearning, and assessment activities to achieve excellence.

Before becoming an educator, McCann served in a variety of management roles with General Electric Co., including responsibility for ISO-9000 certification and Six Sigma projects. He is a frequent guest speaker and has written numerous white papers and industry expert blogs on software applications in education.

McCann holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a master’s degree in English literature and creative writing from Temple University.