Learning Improvement Summit

Learning Improvement Summit 2018

Learning Improvement Summit logo, Summit dates March 11th through 13th, 2018 at Auburn University


The second Learning Improvement Summit will provide an opportunity for leaders in assessment, educational development, and higher education policy to learn, develop, and advance programmatic student learning improvement in the United States and beyond. This exciting opportunity will allow participants to advance a national dialogue and collaborate with other leaders in Auburn University’s newest state-of-the art academic learning space, the Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library. We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Auburn, AL in early Spring 2018, where the average early March temperatures range between 55 and 75 degrees.

Our intent is to facilitate an intimate, high-quality conversation amongst the brightest minds in higher education. Please register by November 15, 2017. After that date, we will release invitations to colleagues on our waitlist who have expressed keen interest in participating in the summit.

Amber Garrison Duncan, photo

Our featured keynote speaker is Amber Garrison Duncan, Strategy Director of the Lumina Foundation. The Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.


Registration is now closed.


Hotel Information

241 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830
(800) 228-2876

The conference hotel is now full. Our overflow hotel is the TownePlace Suites Auburn (reservations available at link below).


Travel Details

The closest convenient airport is Hartsfield-Atlanta airport, located approximately 90 miles northeast of Auburn, AL. Travel south on I-85; the trip requires approximately 1.5 hours; Atlanta is in the Eastern time zone and Auburn is in the Central time zone. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Once you have arrived there are several ground transportation options available:

Summit Schedule

Download a PDF version of the 2018 directory

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

5:45 – 6:00pm
Auburn Hotel and Conference Center – The Terrace Room
Registration Opens
6:00 – 7:30pm
Auburn Hotel and Conference Center – The Terrace Room
Welcome Happy Hour
Speaker: Provost Bill Hardgrave


Monday, March 12th, 2018

7:30 – 8:00am
Mell Classroom Building – Atrium
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30am
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
Introduction and Overview
Facilitators: Megan Good, Diane Boyd
8:30 – 9:00am
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
The Pinnacle – Introduction to Doing Learning Improvement Well
Facilitator: Keston Fulcher
9:00 – 10:15am
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
World Café – Exploring our Situational Factors
Facilitator: Diane Boyd
10:15 – 10:30am
10:30 – 11:30am
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
Learning Improvement Foundations for Practice – A Continuum of Opportunities
Facilitators: Keston Fulcher, Jilian Kinzie, Monica Stitt-Bergh
11:30am – 1:00pm
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
Lunch – Why Learning Improvement? (Interactive Session)
1:00 – 1:15pm
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
Self-Assessment – Strengths in Assessment and Educational Development
Facilitator: Megan Good
1:15 – 2:30pm
Mell Classroom Building – 3520 or 3546
Workshop 1 – Assessment (Mell 3520)
Facilitator: Pat Hutchings
Workshop 2 – Educational Development (Mell 3546)
Facilitator: Kevin Yee
2:30 – 2:45pm
2:45 – 3:45pm
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
Panel – Political Savvy Skill Development
Facilitator: Katie Boyd
3:50 – 4:45pm
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
Big Plans – Building Learning Improvement Infrastructure from Scratch
Facilitator: Natasha Jankowski
4:45 – 5:15pm
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
Facilitator: Chris Coleman
Dinner on your own


Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

8:00 – 8:30am
Mell Classroom Building – Atrium
8:30 – 9:45am
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
Keynote – Amber Garrison Duncan, Lumina Foundation
9:45 – 10:00am
10:00 – 11:30am
Mell Classroom Building – 3510
Brainstorm – Elevating Learning Improvement to National Scene
Facilitator: Charles Blaich, Kathy Wise
11:30 – 12:00pm
Mell Classroom Building – 3510/Atrium
Lunch and Farewell
Facilitator: Lindsay Doukopoulos
1:30 – 2:15pm
Mell Classroom Building – Atrium
Optional Tour of Auburn University

Last modified: March 26, 2018