Solutions to common assessment problems

Date:                    Sunday 25th August

Half Day:              1330-1630

Level:                    Introductory/Intermediate


  1. Ara Tekain, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
  2. John Norcini, FAIMER, Philadelphia, USA

Summary of theme and why it is important:  Assessment is central to learning but problems with the methods and processes being used are often encountered in practice. Although faculty development programs and workshops do an excellent job of providing an introduction to important assessment concepts, these resources often fail to alert practitioners to common problems and misconceptions. The aim of this workshop is to raise awareness about common pitfalls and suggest solutions to them. Specifically, we will describe a series of assessment problems, such as the misalignment of purpose and method, failure to create a blueprint, misuse of scores, lack of reliability, and failure to apply a rational standard-setting process. For each problem, we will propose solutions intended to improve the quality of individual methods and the assessment system as a whole.  This will be a highly interactive workshop with several exercises and group activities. 

Who should participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop?  Anyone involved in assessment, including practitioners and researchers.

What will they gain from participating?  Participants will recognize and learn how to avoid common assessment problems.  Furthermore, examples will be provided that demonstrate common errors and how to remedy them.

Cost: Euros 90 (includes coffee)

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-conference Workshop participants must also register for AMEE 2019 and pay the conference fee.


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