Website Commitee Update (Fall 2020): Making the most of the NCME website in a virtual world.

By Megan Welsh posted 10-09-2020 23:25


Brian Leventhal, James Madison University

In Summer 2018 the NCME website experienced record traffic due to the initial launch of the new website. As life recently transitioned to being virtual, the NCME website has now become the go-to place for NCME members and measurement professionals. We have now surpassed the 2018 engagement levels. As seen in the figure, August 2020 saw higher daily views and a higher number of unique visitors to the website as compared to August 2018, the month following the initial launch.

As engagement increased, the website committee worked hard to keep pace with demand. To do so, the committee added three new members: Erin Banjanovic, Raymond Reichenberg, and Devyn Savitsky. We have maintained regular updates of committee membership, event information, and announcements due to the changing climate.

We have also built three new pages related to the Annual Meeting:

  • NCME 2020 Summer Sessions: If you were unable to attend a session or want to re-watch one, we now provide the ability to browse the video recordings of the summer sessions. You can find presenter information as well as session descriptions with recorded sessions organized by month. 
  • 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting and Online Repository: Your go-to for browsing the virtual September iteration of the 2020 annual meeting.
  • Annual Meeting 2021: This beautiful page has information about the 2021 Annual Meeting occurring June 8-11, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, you will find the theme, a call for proposals, answers to frequently asked questions, and proposal review criteria.

We are also excited to announce the new Software Database, optimized and designed for the NCME website by Erin Banjanovic. Originally built and maintained by Gary Skaggs, with funds supplied from the 2005 Bradley Hanson award, the updated software database is now located on the NCME website. The software listing includes commercial and freeware packages organized by analysis type and measurement paradigm.

Finally, Matt Gaertner led the effort to build the new Formative Assessment for Classroom Teachers webpage with content developed by the Classroom Assessment Task Force. The website is designed to provide teachers with formative assessment practices that can be plugged into any curriculum and instruction.

2020 versus 2018 Website Views and Unique Visitors