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Improving Student Learning and Meeting Program Requirements by Implementing Formative Assessment in Clinical Settings

November 4, 2016 Dan Thompson

Improving Student Learning and Meeting Program Requirements by Implementing Formative Assessment in Clinical Settings

Recently, Dan Thompson, Coordinator of Instructional Design, Assessment, and Educational Technology at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, discussed the benefits of administering formative assessment during third and fourth year clinical rotations in his webinar, “Improving Student Learning and Meeting Program Requirements by Implementing Formative Assessment in Clinical Settings”

The key takeaways from the presentation include:

1. Changing the roster for formative assessments after each clinical rotation assures that students won’t have access to all of the assigned exams at once.

2. Be prepared to frequently reset passwords as students will forget.

3. Set reminders to rotate the student roster for assessments to avoid download issues that arise due to incorrect exam taker assignment.

Thompson’s presentation gives insight into enhancing the student learning experience through implementation of formative assessment during this crucial time period. He also discussed the specific process used to help students meet specific clinical objectives each each month.

“Formative assessments are important because it provides the continuous feedback gives students the opportunity to take ownership and accountability of their learning process.”

You can view a PDF copy of the presentation here.

About the Author

Dan  Thompson

Dan holds a Master of Science in Technology Enhanced Learning and a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent/Young Adult Education from the University of Dayton. His background as a secondary-level educator drives his research and professional interests, including the appropriate use of summative and formative assessment and how the data they produce can be used to positively impact teaching and learning. An ExamSoft client for over eight years, Dan currently is the Senior Manager of Education and Assessment at ExamSoft. His background includes assisting faculty at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and Kent State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in course design and development, while also introducing new methods of utilizing educational technology in assessment and instruction to create a learner-centered environment.

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