“Traditional methods of assessment have often been based upon awarding grades and have tended to provide little or no narrative feedback to learners,” Dr. Janice Hanson, a visiting expert who attended the WCM-Q Assessment in Health Professional Education symposium, said.
Hanson, the director of educational research and development in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said that typical assessment methods do not discern why someone passed or failed. They also fail to provide valuable feedback about how to improve performance.
"If we can provide learners with comprehensive feedback, whether narratively or using other methods, they can understand what they need to do to improve, which not only helps them target their learning but also boosts morale and motivation,” Hanson said.
Deema Al-Sheikhly, director of continuing professional development for Weill Cornell, agreed.
“Effective assessment is a vital part of any learning experience, but this has traditionally been somewhat overlooked, and faculty often feel they require more formal training in this area,” Al-Sheikhly said. “This seminar aimed to comprehensively answer that need.”