DORA Community Call: SPACE to evolve academic assessment

Join DORA for a community call to discuss a new rubric for analyzing institutional progress indicators and conditions for success.

In this community call, we will introduce the SPACE rubric and discuss how it might be used as a tool to gauge and support institutional progress for academic assessment reform. Panelists will share insights learned piloting the rubric to help maximize its usefulness as a resource for the academic community. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and engage in dialogue to help us think through contexts for use and surface any challenges or unintended consequences. To accommodate as many time zones as possible, the community call will take place over two meetings. Please feel welcome to register for one or both.

Community call #1
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021
Time: 10:30 – 12:00 PM EDT (2:30 – 4:00 PM Coordinated Universal Time)

Community call #2
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM AEST (11:00 PM July 8 – 12:30 AM July 9 Coordinated Universal Time)

The SPACE rubric was developed through an iterative participatory process and informed by nearly 75 individuals in 26 countries and 6 continents. Designed to assist universities at any stage of academic assessment reform, the SPACE rubric can be used to support the implementation of fair and responsible academic career assessment practices in two ways. First, it can help establish a baseline for the current state of infrastructural conditions, to gauge an institution’s ability to support the development and implementation of new academic assessment practices and activities. Second, the rubric can be used to retroactively analyze how strengths or gaps in these institutional conditions may have impacted the outcomes of concrete interventions targeted to specific types of academic assessment activities—such as hiring, promotion, tenure, or even graduate student evaluation—either helping or hindering progress toward those goals.

Registration is open until the start of the meetings. Participation is free of charge and open to everyone with an interest in academic career assessment. The webinar will be of particular interest to institutional leaders, support staff, and members of the academic community, including early-stage researchers, as well as policy makers and representatives of other organizations.

Draft Programs

Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 10:30 – 12:00 PM EDT
  • Welcome and logistics by Anna Hatch, DORA program director
  • Introduction by Stephen Curry, DORA steering committee chair
  • Presentation of the SPACE rubric by Anna Hatch and Ruth Schmidt, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology 
  • Panel discussion on practical approaches to use
    • Rinze Benedictus, UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands
    • Nele Bracke, University of Ghent, Belgium
    • Yu Sasaki, Kyoto University, Japan
    • Andiswa Mfengu, University of Cape Town, South Africa
    • Olivia Rissland, University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA
  • Participant Q&A, discussion, and community learning
  • Next steps
Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 9:00 AM AEST
  • Welcome and logistics by Anna Hatch, DORA program director
  • Introduction by Ginny Barbour, DORA advisory board chair
  • Presentation of the SPACE rubric by Anna Hatch and Ruth Schmidt, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology 
  • Reflection on the information learned at initial community call
  • Participant Q&A, discussion, and community learning
  • Next steps

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