Webinar: Programmatic Assessment with Cees van der Vleuten

Tuesday 2 Feb 2021, 14:00 - 16:00
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Cees van der Vleuten

With new forms of impact-driven education come new methods of assessment. For instance, the traditional written exam might not be the ideal way to assess students in a design-based course. In this webinar, we will explore programmatic assessment: how to implement new forms of assessment in a course or curriculum.

During prior meetings of our community, we discussed how we can best assess our impact education. How do we assess the development of skills; does it suffice to evaluate an end report; what to do with peer- and stakeholder input; are we allowed to use evaluations of stakeholders in our assessment; how should we deal with group work and the individual component in assessments?

For our webinar, we will be joined by prof. dr. Cees van der Vleuten, scientific director of the School of Health Professions Education at Maastricht University. He has been working on the concept of programmatic assessment since 2010. Based upon his latest publication 'Programmatisch toetsen: voorbeelden en ervaringen uit de praktijk' (2020), he will share a variety of examples and highlight his research. After Cees' keynote, we will subdivide the participants into break-out groups, where we shall try to evaluate whether programmatic assessment can help us design impact education. Please note that the event will be held entirely in English. 


14:00 - Welcome
14:05 - Towards a future of programmatic assessment, keynote by prof. dr. Cees van der Vleuten
14:50 - Q&A
15:05 - Short break
15:10 - Break-out sessions: How can programmatic assessment contribute to your learning design?
15:40 - Chances and challenges
16:00 - Closing

About Impact at the Core

Impact at the Core is a programme at EUR that aims to implement and/or improve impact-driven education within all the bachelor's and master's programmes of our university. We are set up to fund, support and co-develop initiatives for education that revolves around the meaningful, tangible effect that we induce.

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Cees van der Vleuten


Cees van der Vleuten, PhD, has been at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands since 1982. In 1996 he was appointed Professor of Education and chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (until 2014). Since 2005 he has been the Scientific Director of the School of Health Professions Education (until 2020). This graduate school offers master and PhD degrees in health sciences education to a wide variety of international students. He mentors many researchers in medical education and has supervised more than 90 doctoral graduate students. His primary expertise lies in evaluation and assessment. He has published widely in this domain, holds numerous academic awards, including several career awards. In 2005 he received John P. Hubbard Award for significant contribution to research and development of assessment of medical competence from the National Board of Medical Examiners in the US. In 2010 he received a Dutch royal decoration for the societal impact of his work and in 2012 the Karolinska Prize for Research in Medical Education. He serves frequently as a consultant internationally. 

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