November 2018 Research Rounds

Innovations in Course Wide Assessment for Learning

Dr. Anna Ryan

Anna Ryan

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Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018*
*Please note this session is one week earlier than the usual timing of Rounds

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


  • Life Sciences Centre 1312 CMR* (host venue)
    *Please note the room change for this session of Research Rounds
  • DHCC 2262
  • RJH CA 246
  • NHSC 9-374



This presentation describes a program of innovation and evaluative research designed to maximise the learning potential of various types of assessments through domain-based feedback reports. Much of the work has been situated around formative progress tests – a longitudinal assessment that involves students sitting regular graduation level tests throughout their course. Our initial PDF feedback reports are now being augmented with short videos to provide more explicit direction for future learning. Our work leads to additional questions around the potential value of normative comparisons and the influence of emotional responses to feedback. We’re also starting to explore the impact of institutional and assessment cultures and the potential value of student assessment literacy if assessment is truely going to reach its potential as a tool for learning.


Dr. Anna Ryan is a Medical Educator with clinical experience in both Medicine and Chiropractic. In addition to her clinical qualifications she has a number of educational qualifications and PhD in Medical Education. She currently works as a senior lecturer and research fellow in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Melbourne where she teaches in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Excellence in Clinical Teaching programs. Anna’s research work is broadly focused on self-regulation of learning with emphasis on knowledge acquisition, response to feedback (particularly automated feedback after MCQ exams) and development and assessment of professionalism. In addition, she maintains a very small clinical practice in chiropractic, is a practitioner member of the Chiropractic Board of Australia, and consults for Medical Panels in Victoria.


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