CEST (Madrid, Paris, Berlin)
Assessment strategies and approaches for dental students are inextricably linked to feedback both to and from teachers as part of the ongoing learning process. Whilst the authors have conducted and reported their work extensively at ADEE on feedback practices, this SIG session will further address how feedback influences effective assessment strategies in dental education. Assessment of theoretical and practical teaching for undergraduate and postgraduate dental students is a fundamental part of the development of their skills, knowledge and confidence.
Changes to assessment and feedback practices following the Covid-19 pandemic have influenced the education and training of dental students. This is an opportunity for teachers to discuss their experiences during the past two years and to share good practice to ensure that future assessment strategies are robust, comprehensive, and take into consideration current feedback practices. Assessing practical skills and knowledge has been challenging due to the Covid-19 pandemic for both tutors and students. Teachers are concerned to ensure the assessment of students’ clinical skills and knowledge is robust and effective. Students are concerned that their learning is compromised and they may not be getting the opportunity to practice and demonstrate their necessary clinical skills.
This session will start with an introductory presentation outlining the link between assessment and feedback. We shall then divide the delegates into different focus groups to discuss the three primary objectives. Finally, delegates will come back together to consider the findings of each focus group. A questionnaire will be sent out to the delegates attending the ADEE conference (in person or virtual) to enquire about personal experiences and perceptions to answer the research questions. The questionnaire will collect quantitative and qualitative data.
|11:00 - 11:30
|Opening remarks and presentation about assessment/feedback.
Professor Chris Louca, Professor Albert Leung, Dr Peter Fine and Dr Ingrid Tonni
|11:30 - 12:30
|Focus group discussions facilitated by SIG organisers
|12:30 - 13:00
|Summary of focus group findings, supplementary interactive discussions by members or facilitators of the focus group, drawing conclusions
By participating in the session delegates will gain insight into:
- How student assessment strategies have changed as a result of feedback from tutors, peers and potentially patients
- How assessment of students has changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic
- Whether these current pandemic assessment approaches should be retained or further modified