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Assessment and Evaluation Strategies for Measuring Student Learning 1Assessment and Evaluation Strategies for Measuring Student Learning Ann WincekWestern Governors UniversityThe old adage, variety is the spice of life, is especially true in the classroom. Students
Assessment and Evaluation Strategies for Measuring Student Learning 2learn under different conditions, at different rates, and with different goals to achieve. Classrooms are filled with students of various customs, beliefs, and values. For this reason, educators must apply diversity to both lessons and assessments. In creating an eight week course for community health nursing, a great deal of time was devoted to the development and implementation of class topics and learning methods. Finally, it is time to assess the growth of students and the effectiveness of teaching and evaluation strategies. Formal assessments aid educators in evaluating progress. Also, educators can evaluate the effectiveness of their own teaching style and testing methods by analyzing results. For this reason, assessments aid in the growth of both students and educators. Assessment Theory, Concept, or PrincipleConcept based learning theory was used in the development of the sim lab testing and nursing care plan for the summative performance-based assessment. Concept based learning requires students to perform higher in the pyramid of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Students must study, understand, apply, and create in order to be successful in this assessment. This instills a deeper form of learning. Students must apply the principles of AIDET and the teach-back method in their sim experience. They must also demonstrate clinical skills, such as handwashing. Furthermore, students must transform knowledge into critical thinking while donning the appropriate PPE. This shifts the emphasis from learning to practicing. “Shifting emphasis to key principles of patient care can deepen student learning, potentially increasing the transfer of knowledge to new situations” ( Nielsen, 2016, p.371). Situational learning was applied to the formative assessment. The assessment is used to evaluate student progress in the area of substance abuse within the community and redirect students who do not score well. Successful completion involves the development of
Assessment and Evaluation Strategies for Measuring Student Learning 3communication skills appropriate for this unique community. Drug abuse, although destructive, unites a group of people. The abusers have their own culture within society. Students must gain understanding of this culture and be cautious not to place judgement or insert their own value system on the abuser. This provides the emic viewpoint; the viewpoint from within the community of drug abusers. In this manner, effective communication can occur. The goal is to promote health and healing among this community with appropriate interventions including therapy. Students must first have an understanding of various drugs. They must understand side effects and recognize reversal agents. During the course, students watched a professional