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Traffic light report provides a new technique for assurance of learning


Nash, R and Stupans, I and Chalmers, L and Brown, N, Traffic light report provides a new technique for assurance of learning, Journal of Learning Design, 9, (1) pp. 37-54. ISSN 1832-8342 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 Rose Nash, Ieva Stupans, Leanne Chalmers, and Natalie Brown. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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The Traffic Light Report (TLR) project is an educational intervention designed for pharmacy undergraduates. This paper reports on analysis of TLR data specifically focusing on its potential as an innovative tool which combines Millerís pyramid, technology and student voice to examine a curriculum for Assurance of Learning (AoL). In 2014, educators mapped each summative assessment to the relevant National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia (NCS) alongside levels of expected performance on Millerís pyramid of clinical competence (Knows, Knows how, Shows how, Does). Simultaneously, students were invited to self-reflect using the same performance levels. The Millerís scale enabled a comparison between studentsí and their educatorsí understanding of the performance level demanded by assessments. Analysis highlighted a disconnect between studentsí and their educatorsí interpretations of the same assessed curriculum. The TLR facilitates quality enhancement by providing educators and their students with a logical meeting point for discussing foundation, scaffolding and integration of assessment across a course for AoL. This has portability to other professional disciplines.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pharmacy, competency standards, assurance of learning, curriculum design, curriculum napping, self-reflection, summative assessment
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Nash, R (Dr Rosie Nash)
UTAS Author:Chalmers, L (Dr Leanne Chalmers)
UTAS Author:Brown, N (Professor Natalie Brown)
ID Code:108080
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2016-04-05
Last Modified:2017-11-10
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