Professional development in assessment

Program highlights: Keynote speakers

Gavin Brown

Keynote Abstract: Reconsidering assessment for learning: Insights from human factors and social conditions

The key characteristic of Assessment for Learning (AfL) is to prioritise assessment as a pedagogical process that takes place in the interaction between and among teachers and students. Read more...

Cees van der Vleuten

Keynote Abstract: Towards a future or programmatic assessment

In the last 50 years the field of assessment of professional competence has seen remarkable progress. Developments in assessment technology have taken place across all areas of professional competence, ranging from cognitive to behavioural and emotional aspects of competency. Read more...

Towards a future or programmatic assessment

Cees van der Vleuten, Maastricht University

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In the last 50 years the field of assessment of professional competence has seen remarkable progress. Developments in assessment technology have taken place across all areas of professional competence, ranging from cognitive to behavioural and emotional aspects of competency. This has been accompanied by extensive research. In order to make assessment more meaningful for learning, however, we need to change our thinking around assessment. We need to move from assessment of learning to assessment for learning, from individual assessment methods to a systems approach of assessment, from cross-sectional assessment to longitudinal approaches to assessment. This presentation will give an account of such a synthetic systems approach to assessment called programmatic assessment. This approach to assessment will be explained and illustrated with an existing assessment practice.

Cees van der Vleuten: Short bio.

Cees van der Vleuten came to the University of Maastricht in 1982. He was appointed as a Professor of Education in 1996 at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research. In 2005 he was appointed as the Scientific Director of the School of Health Professions Education (www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/she). His area of expertise lies in evaluation and assessment. He has published widely on these topics, holds numerous academic awards for his work, including several career awards. He has frequently served as a consultant internationally. He is a mentor for many researchers in medical education and has supervised more than 60 doctoral graduate students in the past. In 2010 he received a Dutch royal decoration for the societal impact of his work and in 2012 the Karolinska Prize for Research in Medical Education. A full curriculum vitae can be found at: http://www.fdg.unimaas.nl/educ/cees/CV/.