Current Trends in Assessment: Programmatic Assessment and the Learning Culture


In an interactive setting, participants will explore whether/how single assessment methods can be combined into programs of assessment within their curriculum. This newer trend in Health Professions Education emphasizes that each assessment is a single data point that can be used for both a learning function and a decision making function for promotion through a program.  We will discuss the pros and cons of this change in attitudes towards assessment and the summative assessment culture.

Kent Hecker is an Associate Professor (Veterinary Medicine and Cumming School of Medicine) and University of Calgary Teaching Scholar. Kent has built a program of basic and applied educational research in three primary areas: 1) curriculum/program design and evaluation; 2) assessment of competencies in the health professions education; and 3) the application of neuro-imaging methods (functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI] and electroencephalography [EEG]) to assess learning, reasoning, and decision making in the health professions.

Dr. Harold Bok graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University in 2005. He is an assistant professor at the Centre for Quality Improvement in Veterinary Education, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. In 2014 he defended his PhD-thesis entitled Competency-based Veterinary Education: An integrative approach to learning and assessment in the clinical workplace. His research interests are workplace-based learning and assessment, programmatic assessment and competency-based education. 

Dr. Emma Read graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She then completed a large animal surgery residency at the University of Georgia and became board certified as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Read taught on faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College, and practiced in specialty referral practice before returning to Alberta in 2005. She joined the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, won several teaching awards, and is currently Teaching Professor. Dr. Read has served as Associate Dean Academic and Chair of the Clinical Skills Program. Her research has focused on development of simulators, teaching methods, as well as assessment of clinical skills and workplace performance. Dr. Read recently led the curriculum review for the Faculty to evaluate the first ten years of veterinary teaching at the University of Calgary.
May 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Learning Studio F (TI 250)
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Kent Hecker
Harold Bok
Emma Read
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