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“We need better understanding of how our assessment practices impact professional development. Excellent research is the key to success.”
Assessment in the health professions is at a crossroads: ongoing and dramatic changes in healthcare and education systems call for new ways of thinking about assessment practices. Assessment is an ongoing struggle. It is the most important topic within health professions education research, as evidenced by the number of publications.
These are exciting times to be involved in assessment research. In this course, we are going to take participants to the cutting edge of where research on assessment currently is. In a very flexible program that will be tailored to our participants’ individual interests we will explore a number of areas and debates in the domain of assessment that shed light on these transitions.
Are you interested in assessment research and the latest developments in the assessment domain? Are you MSc+ in health professions education or a PhD? Then this course will help you familiarize yourself with a broad range of research topics in this domain. You gain insight in how to do cutting edge research in these domains closely related to your own project. In addition, you will learn how to locate and retrieve essential literature and collaborate with your peers in assessing the quality of research approaches and journal articles. By the end of the course you will have an overview of modern assessment research and practice, and in-depth knowledge of recent developments and existing gaps.
Applicants must have a higher education degree equivalent to a Dutch Master’s degree, preferably in one of the health professions. Such as a master’s degree in medicine, health sciences, educational sciences, psychology or any related discipline.
Being involved in a (PhD) research project, planning a research project, or a deep interest in research on task-centered learning/assessment is desired.
The programme is taught in English. All submitted materials must be in English, and all communication during the programme will be in English. Thus, candidates must have sufficient English proficiency and must have adequate and active command of English (in speech and written). No additional evidence of sufficient command of the English language is required from applicants.
This is a fully online 12-week course, including several synchronous and asynchronous sessions and online assignments.
Participants will work and collaborate with peers sharing a similar interest in assessment, and with assessment experts. They will acquire a deep understanding of some issues in the recent literature on assessment, and will have focused their own interests and questions on assessment that may be use either for further research or for impacting educational practice
Your teachers are true scholars and experts in the field of assessment. Marjan Govaerts, PhD and Course Coordinator, Cees van der Vleuten, PhD, Scientific Director SHE, Sylvia Heeneman, PhD; Jimmy Frèrejean, PhD.