Amanda Opperman | Senior Institutional Effectiveness Specialist

Amanda Opperman, Senior Institutional Effectiveness Specialist, is a veteran higher education professional, with vast experience in and out of the classroom. She leads initiatives to help institutions improve the efficiency and utility of effectiveness planning and reporting.

 Amanda brings a wealth of experience in various capacities throughout the postsecondary sector, including: accreditation monitoring, the scoring and design of placement assessments,  institutional and programmatic effectiveness consulting, and classroom instruction. She possesses a unique combination of passion, energy, and industry experience. Her ability to generate practical, actionable recommendations immediately impacts the institutions that work alongside her.

Most recently, Amanda served as program director at the California University of Management and Sciences where she developed faculty training, delivered compliance reporting, updated curricula, and led ongoing improvements to student learning outcomes measurement.

Amanda holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from San Diego State University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate for Education at the joint doctoral program from San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University.

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Digital Badges Can Boost Your Recruitment and Enrollment

By now, most of us have heard about the many ways that digital badges can help educators validate their students’ skills and competencies to prospective employers. Digital badges are great motivators for students because they help them promote their knowledge, skills and abilities. They can also help improve a student’s digital identity.

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14 Characteristics Impacting Student Engagement

What can you start doing today to begin boosting student engagement?

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Do Your Students Feel Out of Place?

The purpose of any placement test is to provide institutions with data for appropriate course placement and subsequent instructional decisions. Each test item assesses the knowledge and skills of incoming college students and supplies targeted feedback to address each student’s unique learning needs. With the knowledge gained from placement tests, administrators can properly place students in courses suited to their individual skills and abilities, giving your students a better chance at achieving their academic goals.

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Three Recent Trends in Course Placement Testing

 

As many of my fellow educators are all too aware, 2015 was a tumultuous year for course placement. Read more about Three Recent Trends in Course Placement Testing

Reinstatement of ATB: What you need to know

A Skills Gap? Or a Communication Gap? How Digital Badges Can Be a Bridge

Almost everyone in the field of education is familiar with the tongue-in-cheek quip, “Hey, Cs Get Degrees!” While some college students may be comforted by this concept, the rest of us cringe at the idea of having stiches removed, teeth cleaned, or costly insurance claims coded by someone who merely learned enough just to get by. In response to this problem, there has been a growing demand for better evidence of a college graduate’s knowledge and skills, oftentimes independent of grades.

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Two names you need to know in the field of digital badges

As some of the regular readers of this blog are already aware, Wonderlic has recently launched a nationwide initiative in the area of digital competency badges for the job placement of college graduates. As part of our organization’s continued quest to learn about the many uses and benefits of digital badges in the education space, we have identified other pioneers in the badge community and have engaged them in some very fruitful, stimulating discussions about the future of digital badges. Read more about Two names you need to know in the field of digital badges

Revamping the resume with digital badges

Many graduates struggle to effectively showcase their talent to employers, and many of them are consequently unable to find gainful employment. Revamping the resume with digital badges can help graduates showcase their skills and help companies identify talent.

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How badging by competency promotes the college-to-career path

Transcripts, certificates, and the like serve as the most commonly-accepted proof that a college graduate has met the graduation criteria of their program of study. While it is a fairly common practice for employers to accept such documents as proof that a recent graduate is qualified for a job opening, this process has a lot of room for improvement. The items below represent the top 3 reasons how badging by competency can offer more precise, robust, and useful data concerning the job readiness of a recent graduate:

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Competency-Based Instruction

As the competency-based education (CBE) movement has continued to gain traction in higher education, we have seen numerous iterations of CBE evolve into their own respective mini-movements. At their core, all iterations of CBE possess the same tenets of being personalized to the learner and measuring the mastery of competencies through some form of direct assessment. However, while some of these iterations are entirely self-paced and found exclusively online, others are not yet decoupled from time and are delivered primarily in the classroom.  Read more about Competency-Based Instruction

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