December 2017 Research Rounds

Beyond Merely Formative: Expanding Our Conceptualization of Assessment for Learning

Dr. Mahan Kulasegaram

Mahan Kulasegaram

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Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm (feel free to bring a bagged lunch)


  • DHCC 2267 (host venue)
  • IRC 305
  • RJH CA 120
  • NHSC 9-374


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That assessment drives learning is a truism and calls for greater use of assessment as a learning tool have increased. Much of the work on assessment for learning has focused on the benefits of assessment mediated feedback on the learning of specific content and subsequent retention. How assessment practices can enable students and faculty to reach other outcomes such as transfer of learning, enhance self-regulation, and progress to expertise is an open question. In this talk I discuss the theories and evidence that can help clarify the multiple effects assessment has on learning and how higher order outcomes can be achieved.


Dr. Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram completed his PhD in the Department of Clinical
Epidemiology & Biostatics at McMaster University. He is currently a Scientist at the Wilson Centre and the University of Toronto MD Program and he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. His research explores the cognitive processes evoked by the experience of assessment and how these processes can be aligned with transfer of learning and clinical reasoning. He uses psychometric and experimental methods to understand how assessment can promote the application, adaptation, and extension of knowledge during medical training. His other major interests include the application of cognitive theory and learning sciences to instructional design as well as the use of learning analytics to predict educational outcomes. In 2017, he was the inaugural recipient of the New Investigator in Education Research salary award from the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.


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