Workshop details

Optimizing Workplace-based Assessment: Making Words Count

Date: Saturday October 15, 2016

Facilitator: Marjan Govaerts, MD PhD, Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Dept. Educational Development and Research

Workshop description 

Whatever you may think about WBAs, they are here to stay for the foreseeable future: WBAs are at the heart of competence-based education. Implementation of WBAs has certainly proven difficult: it is not an easy game to play. Can we think of ways to win this game?

A productive way to frame WBA is around the notion of "informing judgement": it should enable trainees to make informed judgments about their own learning as well as meet legitimate needs of others to have an account of trainees’ learning outcomes. Obviously, informing judgement will rely on use of portfolios and narrative data. In this workshop, participants will review and discuss advantages and challenges of narrative evaluations in the clinical setting. They will review characteristics of useful narratives and practice writing narrative assessment comments based on video clips of learners; discuss ways to enhance learner engagement as well as options for management of narrative data (with example provided by workshop facilitator).

After brief introduction/didactic presentation:

  • Participants will engage in small and large group discussions about advantages and challenges of narrative evaluations in the clinical setting;
  • Participants will discuss and practice methods for writing high quality narrative comments as well as discuss design principles for assessment programmes using narrative data.

Objectives of the session and the knowledge, attitudes and skills that participants should gain from it

  • Acknowledge idea and importance of WBA as being a process of informing judgement
  • Knowledge regarding role of narrative evaluations c.q. written feedback in WBA
  • Skills in writing useful (meaningful) narrative
  • Knowledge about options for management of narrative assessment data in WBA

Maximum number of participants

20-25