(OSCEs = Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
Yippee – Exams are over…and so is the marking. This semester we’ve incorporated a new (well, new for us) kind of assessment into the department. Resourcing for exams and marking often creates a bit of a bottleneck at different points of the year, and so one of our team (Luke Summers) came up with the idea of using video OSCEs to assess skills.
Let me explain.
The traditional way of assessing practical skills was students come in one by one and demonstrate clinical skills to the lecturer or assessor. If each time slot is about 15-20 minutes long and you have 100 students, you can imagine the logistical problems around room bookings and the fact that it takes a long time to get through all 100 students. With video OSCEs, students are told to go away and practice the skills in their own time and then when they feel confident that they know what they’re doing, they video themselves performing the skills.
By assessing in this way, the important learning still takes place, students are more engaged, and resourcing is more simple. In my next post, I’ll explain my own personal experiences of carrying out assessment in this way and how to improve things for the future.