Case studies of assessment and feedback practice

Physics: Practice Placement

Contact: Christine Heales

In the Practice Placement Module of the Medical Imaging programme, students from Levels 1, 2 and 3 are involved in clinical assessments of competency in areas such as performing radiographic and manual handling procedures, radiographic positioning and image acquisition, and assessing and interpreting images.

Although this kind of competency assessment is not widely used in the disciplines represented within this University, there are some important aspects of practice that can be used in any context: the pro-forma for written formative feedback from assessors; and a written reflective overview by students in which they review and comment on their assessment experience, ensure that assessment and feedback become part of an ongoing and integrated learning process that could be usefully adopted in any discipline.

In addition, clinical assessments are completed by radiographers on many different sites across the region. Although assessment criteria were designed by academics in consultation with clinical colleagues, each radiographer has to undergo in-house training provided by academic staff, to ensure familiarity with the marking criteria and to ensure parity of standards between sites. The outcomes of this training have been analysed in detail, so as to be sure that student concerns at lack of equity are unfounded.

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