Workplace based assessment (WBA) design to encourage heutagogy

Karena Hanley

Keywords: self directed learning, workplace based assessment, specialist training, entrustable professional activity, dashboard design


The Irish General Practitioner Training (GP) Programme is moving to Competency Based Medical Education, facilitated by Programmatic Assessment (PA) and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). In conjunction with MyKnowledgeMap (MKM), the ICGP has developed software (ICGP EPA) to capture feedback and entrustment events in a workplace based assessment structure designed around entrustable professional activities. Software development has been guided by the principles of “feedback-for-learning” and growth mindset learning. The resulting data collection and display supports self directed learning, while providing quick access to supervisors and assessors of progress along the training pathway. This aim of this workshop is to involve participants in discussions of self directed learning and how this can be supported, illustrated by the experience of this training programme.


Short presentation on growth mindset learning and good feedback practice followed by discussion
Short presentation on design of dashboard for display of workplace based assessment followed by discussion
Break into 3 small groups- discuss own experience of trainee feedback practice and WBA. Have views/plans for these been altered by workshop? Access provided to a simulated ICGP trainee file to view their workplace data for illustration.

Expected Outcomes:

Exchange of opinions on current understanding of feedback.
Discussion on how to implement entrustable professional activities through WBAs.
Illustration of dashboard which condenses large amounts of data for quick access

Points for discussion:

How to encourage growth mindset learning

Opportunities and challenges of workplace based assessments


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