Observational assessments: some learning resources

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Observational assessments, in which an observer assesses a participant and rates his or her performance, make it possible to evaluate skills or abilities that  are difficult to measure using “traditional” assessments. The ability to deliver observational assessments using mobile devices is opening up new possibilities in many different settings:

  • Certifications: Observational assessment is often a key component of the certification process – in some cases required by regulatory authorities.  For an example of this, see our recent  case study, Covidien Delivers Product Knowledge Tests and Observational Assessments on the Apple iPad.
  • Medical and dental schools – for  examinations such as the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
  • Equipment operation – for recording and rating operators’ skills, abilities, safety practices and adherence to required procedures.
  • Customer service: Workplace assessments are used to evaluate the performance of retail sales and customer service staff and to determine  where additional training is required.
  • Driving tests: Examiners observe and rate license applicants on  parking, observation, awareness and adherence to rules of the road.
  • Performance or Level 3 assessment: Observing and monitoring behavioral changes in the workplace before and after training helps learning organizations  evaluate how well participants apply what they have learned during training after they are back on the job.

If you would like to learn more about Observational Assessments,  check out this Questionmark presentation on SlideShare.

2 Responses to “Observational assessments: some learning resources”

  1. John says:

    You should have a look of our OSCE exams which we’ve been running on digital devices for the past 10 years and have been using iPads since they were released.

    The goal here was to digitise the following assessment sheets: http://www.phecit.ie/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=0&tabid=1206

    You can get a flavour of the exams from the students and examiners perspective from these videos:

    Examiner – http://vimeo.com/23041738
    Student – http://vimeo.com/23041349

    And here is an overivew of the systems development and screen shots: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10356507/Electronic%20Marking%20of%20skill%20stations.pdf

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