November 2019 What I’m Thinking About…

Should We Really Abandon Self-Assessment? The Importance of Self-Assessment from a “Self-Regulated Learning” Point of View

Drs. Ian Scott and Deborah Butler

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:30PM

  • formal presentations and discussion from 12:00 – 1:30pm, with a pause at 1:00pm for those who need to leave early
  • feel free to bring a bagged lunch


  • LSC CMR 1312 (host venue)
  • DHCC 2262
  • SHY E404

Remote Access: Additional access options are available. Please email to request remote access.


In this session participants will be supported to consider why “progress monitoring” is so central to reflective learning or practice (from a “self-regulated learning” point of view), identify strengths and challenges in how educators and scholars have been conceptualizing and measuring students’ judgments about their performance (self-assessment; self-monitoring; evaluative judgment), and consider how and why educators might need to deliberately direct attention to improving learners’ capacities to self-assess.


By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how educators/scholars are describing and measuring learners’ capacity to “judge how they are doing”
  2. Define “self assessment” in relation to other ways of conceptualizing progress monitoring (e.g., self-monitoring, evaluative judgment)
  3. Describe why we can’t afford to give up on self-assessment from a “self-regulated learning” point of view
  4. Identify the complexity of self-assessment judgments of different sorts in different context and why that matters
  5. Consider where the quality of self-assessment “comes from” and educational implications

Accredited by UBC CPD



The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 18 (1.5 per session) Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.

RCPSC Accreditation

What I’m Thinking About… is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.