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Visualizing Assessment Data through Interactive Dashboards


Frederick Burrack: Director of Assessment, Kansas State University

Frederick Burrack is Director of Assessment, Professor of Music Education, Graduate Chair for Music, Distinguished Graduate Faculty. Dr. Burrack taught at Ball State University from 2002-2005 and music in the Carroll Community School District in Carroll, Iowa from 1982-2002. Dr. Burrack’s research interests include student learning processes and assessment of learning, cross-disciplinary instruction, and instructional thought development in music teachers. He guides professional development seminars across the Unites State, has numerous publications in music education and assessment journals, and has presented many conference sessions nationally and internationally.

chrisurbanAdditional Presenter:

Chris Urban: Assistant Director of Assessment, Kansas State University

Chris Urban joined K-State’s Office of Assessment as Assistant Director in Spring 2013. He served the two years prior in national service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska, working to improve educational outcomes of military and veteran students. Chris earned both a B.S. in Economics (2008) and M.A. in English-Cultural Studies (2011) from the university, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education.


This pre-conference workshop will walk users through transforming assessment scores into interactive dashboards that enable faculty, staff, and administrators to more deeply engage with direct assessment results. Data preparation, model creation, and report design will be shown using provided sample data files. To fully engage with the session, participants will need a windows laptop with the free Power BI desktop client installed. Additionally, the workshop provides a framework to automate and deepen data analysis, which reduces the burden placed on faculty, program coordinators, and assessment staff. The workshop will also utilize a tool that allows easy report customization at the program level, allowing assessment staff to automate reports while still tailoring analyses to suit the needs of individual programs. Finally, the workshop will demonstrate how to link indirect and direct assessment data to get a richer view student learning.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to… 

  1. Create interactive reports and dashboards from direct and indirect assessment data. 
  2. Learn several techniques for preparing assessment-related data for visualization.
  3. Understand how data tools can be used to automate data extraction, transformation, analysis and reporting.