Guideline E: Learner Assessment

Reference: Standard 4 – Effective Adult Learning

NOTE 1:     For learner assessments in certificate programs, refer to Policy PR-03: Policy on the Accreditation of Continuing Education Certificate Programs

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NOTE 2: Effective July 1, Standard 4 requires learner assessments for all learnig activities, except conference.

Learner assessments may be a knowledge/skill measurement, a reflective exercise and/or an authentic assessment.

Knowledge/Skill Measurement

1.    Knowledge/skill measurement is the traditional form of learner assessment in which the learner is tested through multiple-choice or short-answer questions. This form of assessment will include:

1.1.    At least one (1) multiple-choice or short-answer question per learning objective;
1.2.    A minimum of five (5) questions per continuing education unit (CEU) or portion thereof for learning activities of six (6) CEUs or less; and/or
1.3.    Three (3) questions per CEU or portion thereof for learning activities greater than six (6) CEUs.

2.    The answers will not be included with the questions if the post-assessment is used as the sole basis for validating participation of the learner.

3.    Participants must achieve a minimum score of 70% for post-test questions to demonstrate that they have adequately achieved the learning activity learning outcome objectives.

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Reflective Assessment

1.    In reflective assessments, participants demonstrate their achievement of the learning objectives through a reflective exercise, examining and exploring:

1.1.    The application of ideas or concepts learned in the learning activity to their practice or career; and
1.2.    The integration of these ideas and concepts with their current knowledge and understandings. This results in a deeper understanding of the concept or idea and a changed or enhanced conceptual perspective.

2.    The participant will be assessed for mastery of the learning objectives.

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Authentic Assessment

1.    In authentic assessments, participants are asked to perform real-world workplace tasks which demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes by applying the requisite knowledge and skills learned in the learning activity.

2.    The participant will be assessed for mastery of the learning objectives.

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