Assessing and Learning and Evaluating Teaching CPD4455


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

Teaching and facilitating learning, the assessment of learning and the evaluation of teaching are in practice closely linked. This module builds on content from the first module, CPD4454 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context. It provides the opportunity for participants to examine the different forms of assessment they use in their profession; and the different means by which they evaluate their teaching and learning facilitation.

For information on the impact of Covid19 on our teaching, please see our Covid19 Teaching Update page.

Module Code: CPD4455
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £750 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

Who is this module for?

Prospective participants are expected to be experienced professionals in their speciality, with some responsibility for clinical education. This might include the supervision of students' practice placements; the assessment of students, trainees or junior staff performing clinical skills; formal teaching sessions for students, trainees or junior staff etc. In addition, they should have a broad understanding of major theories of learning and teaching; an understanding of principles underpinning the process of planning and designing teaching and learning in the clinical context; and should be able to critically reflect on teaching and learning facilitation issues in their professional practice.

The required knowledge and skills would all be satisfactorily evidenced by completion of module CPD 4454 (or its equivalent).

What are the key aims of the programme?

The module continues the theme of reflective learning, introduced earlier in the programme. At the same time participants will be gaining experience in both observing teaching and being observed as teachers.
The module aims to
• Review and critically analyse theories which inform both assessment and evaluation in the wider higher education context
• Apply these theories to actual practice within the clinical context
• Support participants in further developing a continually evolving Personal Philosophy of Teaching.
• Provide opportunities for participants to observe and be observed by other peers in their teaching.

How Will I Study?

This module is normally studied over 3 contact sessions, blended with online learning and discussion. The module overall takes 15 weeks. This module will be offered each Semester 1.

What will I study?

The following is an indicative list of topics that will be addressed in this module:
• Assessing learning
• Purposes of assessment
• Principles of assessment
• Methods of assessment (e.g. workplace assessments, OSCEs, etc.)
• Evaluating teaching
• Methods of evaluation (e.g. questionnaires, nominal group technique, etc.)
• Peer observation of teaching
• Giving critical and constructive feedback
• Professional portfolios
• Developing your Philosophy of teaching statement
• Continuing development as an educator

How will I be assessed?

Contribute to at least 6 of 8 online discussion activities

Produce a report giving a critical evaluation of assessment and/or evaluation practice(s) within your own clinical context, with reference to scholarly literature, examining the appropriateness of approach(es) used in testing learning, skills and competencies. Consider the usefulness of the critiqued assessment(s) as a means of identifying learning gaps and future CPD needs.

Produce a portfolio of evidence based on the critically reflective statements derived from the process of peer observation; and accompanied by a set of appendices containing evidence relating to the observed sessions and feedback given/received.

On successful completion you will:

1. Present a rationale for forms of assessment of and for learning and evaluation of teaching which are appropriate to the clinical context.
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of major principles of assessment and evaluation in the wider context of higher education.
3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of processes involved in giving and using constructive and critical feedback in their teaching practice to facilitate student-focused learning.
4. Articulate and justify their Personal Philosophy of Teaching, and identify potential future needs and opportunities for engagement with CPD.

Study Dates and Venues

February 2021 S2

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Mon 22nd Feb 2021

Session Times:
Workshop 1
  • Monday 22nd February 2021, 1:45pm-5:00pm
  • Workshop 2
  • Tuesday 16th March 2021, 1:45pm-5:00pm
  • Workshop 3
  • Wednesday 21st April 2021, 1:45pm-5:00pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    Further Information

    Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake

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    This module can be taken as part of :
    PGCert Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice
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