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‘Educational quality is an important issue for higher education managers, teachers and students, and the general public is becoming increasingly interested in efficiency and effectiveness of education. As a consequence, most educational institutes have been compelled to develop instruments, processes and procedures to ensure delivery of this desired educational quality. The main goal is to monitor educational quality and gather information about course elements in order to improve the course. However, we must keep in mind that course evaluation is, or should be, part of an internal quality assurance system.
High-quality assessment is of utmost importance but also a challenging topic for many teachers in the healthcare professions. It not only involves a high-stakes decision-making process, but also influences how and what students learn.
We will discuss and review the literature on how to evaluate and improve the utility of assessment methods and use authentic tasks in which you can apply the insights gained from this. Although the course is offered at an introductory level, we will review the different steps of Miller’s competency pyramid and pay attention to not only cognitive assessment (e.g. progress testing) but also the assessment of skills (e.g. OSCEs) and attitudes (e.g. e-portfolio)’.
The study load of this course is 6 ECTS, which is equivalent to 168 study hours. The course is scheduled to be completed in 8 weeks with a maximum of 16 weeks.
Two related topics are central to this course: quality assurance within educational organisations and student assessment. The first topic places programme evaluation in a larger framework of concepts of quality and quality assurance based on the literature. The second topic focuses on assessment methods and on how to use the quality criteria to evaluate and improve the utility of the assessments. At the end of this course, you will be well equipped with knowledge and understanding about the concepts of quality and quality assurance within educational organisations and about the role of assessment in education and quality assurance.
If you have more questions about this course, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you informed.
Note: Upon completion of this Certificate Course, you can include the completed assignments and feedback in the portfolio of the MHPE programme and qualify for exemption in the minimum amount of mandatory learning tasks. This right to be exempted shall expire after two years.