Facilitating learning in practice
Facilitating learning in practice

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Facilitating learning in practice

Week 6: Assessment and feedback


In Week 4 you were introduced to elements of assessment and providing feedback that related to building effective relationships with students that you mentor. In Week 5 you were also introduced to interventions that could contribute to this relationship-building and ensure an effective learning environment for the student.

This week you will be looking more specifically at the processes of assessment and delivering constructive feedback in the practice environment. You will explore various methods of assessment and how these can help in your decision making, and also consider appropriate feedback strategies. Although you may be a nurse registrant, it is useful to revisit standards for pre-registration nursing education (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2010) as they provide a useful starting point to understand the requirements of assessment throughout the pre-registration nursing programme. These standards can be accessed at the NMC website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Watch the video, where Fiona Dobson introduces Week 6.

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As a mentor you will have specific responsibility for assessing your student’s progress against a range of assessment criteria. These criteria will address the standards of competence required of your student. And in completing the assessment you’ll need to use the paperwork provided by the university that your student is studying with.

The assessment process will involve both informal and formal assessment and may also require specific points of review throughout the practice learning period.

The completion of assessment in practice is complex. So don’t forget to allow enough time to consult with both colleagues, service users and the student so that the judgement that you make about your student’s progress is realistic and informed.

Once you’ve completed your learning for this week you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the various methods of assessment. And also critically appraise the role of the mentor in evaluating student learning experiences and how you give effective feedback. This will encourage you to reflect on your role as a mentor in the assessment of competence and identify areas for your future learning and development.

Don’t forget have a go at the end-of-week quizzes because they do check your learning and get you ready for the final quiz in Week 8.

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Mentorship programme

If you are completing this session as part of an NMC mentor preparation programme, the materials and activities relate to the following NMC domains:

  • Assessment and accountability
  • Evaluation of learning
  • Establish effective working relationships.

Evidence of completion of the learning activities included in this session must be included in your practice portfolio.

After this week you should be able to:

  • show knowledge and understanding of a variety of assessment methods
  • reflect on how these assessment methods can be used in evaluating learning
  • show an awareness of constructive feedback approaches
  • understand your responsibilities as a mentor in assessing students.

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