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Assessing Educational Needs

Assessing Educational Needs

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This suite of modules will be completely decommissioned in September 2017, from which point it will no longer be accessible.

This module explores the role of the clinical or university health professions teacher in assessing the educational needs of learners. The module considers the roles of the different individuals and organisations involved in defining learning needs (including the learner, the teacher, the profession and healthcare organisations) and sets this in the broad context of health professions’ education. The module looks at how teachers can best support individual learners and summarises some widely used tools and techniques for assessing learning needs. This module is closely linked to the Setting Learning Objectives and How to Give Feedback modules.

By the end of the module you should have learned and updated some of the principles behind assessing learning needs and considered some of the issues involved in mapping learning to organisational and professional requirements, as well as to curriculum outcomes and objectives defined by learners themselves. You will also have an opportunity to apply the learning from the module to your own educational practice through carrying out and reflecting on activities.

Before you start

Before you start the module, we recommend that you spend a few minutes thinking about the following points and noting down some of your thoughts. If you are registered on the site, you can do this in the ‘reflections area’. Click on the ‘my area’ link at the top of the page to access your personal pages. Please note that you must be logged in to do this and that you will need to contribute to the ‘reflections area’ during the course of the module in order to complete and print out your certificate.

Thinking points
  • What activities are you currently involved in that require you to assess the needs of learners?
  • What are your main reasons for studying this module? i.e. what are your learning needs?
  • What aspects of your teaching practice are you hoping to improve?

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