Academic Coordinator Presents at Assessment Conference
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Academic Coordinator Presents at Assessment Conference

June 20, 2016

Louise Jones, Doug Koch and Cynthia Coleman presented at the Innovations in Assessment conference recently.

Louise Jones, Doug Koch and Cynthia Coleman presented at the Innovations in Assessment conference recently.

Louise Jones, MEd, Academic Development Coordinator at GA-PCOM, presented at the Second Annual ExamSoft Assessment Conference (EAC) which took place recently in Dallas, Texas. The EAC focuses on improving teaching and learning experiences, and preparing students for enhanced success post-graduation through assessment practices.

The theme for this year’s EAC was Innovations in Assessment and was created to encourage progress and invention when it comes to engaging faculty in student assessment, reporting and learning analytics, understanding psychometric data, developing and using rubrics, and using technology for the advancement of assessment.

Jones was selected to present a session on “Connecting the Dots: Creating Faculty Development Sessions that Meet the Varied Needs of Faculty Members.” Faculty support and development is near to her heart and is the focus of her work and research at GA-PCOM. At the session, Jones was able to share the progress made in several GA-PCOM course enhancement projects and receive essential feedback.

“Other institutions similar to ours are looking for professional development strategies,” she explained. “They liked the innovative faculty-centered approach that we use here at GA-PCOM.”

Jones teamed up with Philadelphia-based colleagues, Doug Koch, Academic Development Coordinator for the Department of Bio-Medical Sciences and Academic Coordinator Cynthia Coleman, to present “Rising from the Ashes of Chaos - Harmonizing 5 Programs across an Institution,” at the conference as well.

Originally from Scotland, Jones has a background in both healthcare and education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from The Queen’s College in Glasgow, Scotland, before receiving a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Jones is currently working toward her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Mercer University. Her primary areas of interest include teaching pedagogy, its efficiency and process in adult education, specifically in the professional healthcare sciences offered at PCOM.

About PCOM Georgia

Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a branch campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a private, not-for-profit, accredited institution of higher education with a storied 125-year history dedicated to the healthcare professions. Located in Suwanee (Gwinnett County), PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy. Graduate degrees are offered in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science and physician assistant studies. The campus joins PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state. Emphasizing "a whole person" approach to care, PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the community. For more information, visit or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit

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