Nursing Education 3 Assessment and Evaluation

This 10-week online course focuses on development of a foundational knowledge base in education assessment and evaluation relevant to nursing education in the practice setting. 

Participants will:

  • Explore current and evidence-based approaches to program evaluation
  • Appreciate the value of integrating assessment and evaluation methods throughout and education plan
  • Examine a variety of assessment and evaluation tools
  • Develop a systematic approach to evaluation practices

Course Objectives

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

  1. Compare and contrast evaluation concepts, theories and models and their applicability to one’s own practice context
  2. Develop and implement purpose-driven assessment and evaluation
  3. Assemble a portfolio of assessment and evaluation tools
  4. Select appropriate assessment and evaluation methods that match learning outcome goals
  5. Implement assessment and evaluation methods that promote continuous competency development in complex practice settings
  6. Discuss strategies to address challenges that can arise related to assessment and evaluation activities
  7. Examine the various applications of assessment and evaluation as part of organizational requirements such as quality assurance, accreditation, performance indicators and performance management
  8. Articulate ways to disseminate successful evaluation practices and lessons learned to broader educational contexts
  9. Formulate an evaluation plan for a nursing education program

Audience

Nurses with an interest in nursing education in the practice setting. This course will be of importance to those who have current responsibilities for nursing education and/or professional practice as a component of their roles who wish to enhance their knowledge, as well as, for those considering a role in nursing education as a career opportunity.

Please Note:  This is one of three required courses for the “Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting” Learners may take this as an individual course without completing the full certificate requirements; however, if taken as part of the certificate, all three required courses must be completed within a two year period. The other two courses are:

Registration Now Open

Registration closes April 14th, 2025

Course Outline

This is a 10-week online course accessed through the University of Toronto’s Learning Portal – Quercus. It is primarily self-paced; however, there are two LIVE learning activities and participants are required to engage in discussions and submit activities/assignments within identified timelines (weekly). It is estimated that up to 8 hours of study per week is required for successful completion.

In each of the 10 weeks, participants are expected to:

  • View an e-learning module
  • Read required readings
  • Participate in the learning activities/assignments

Learning activities and assignments will provide opportunities for reflection and demonstration of learning. For this course, the learning activities/ assignments include:

  • Online discussion activities which provide an opportunity for participants to learn from the varied experiences, roles and perspectives of others
  • Two LIVE (via Zoom) sessions will take place for faculty & participants to engage with one another in a group discussion (those unable to attend will be able to complete an alternative assignment)
  • The submission of two short (1-2 page) written learning activities
  • The submission of two (5-7 page) papers
Weekly ProgressLearning Module TopicsEvaluative Components

Week 1

EVALUATION: WHAT IS IT AND WHY BOTHER?

  • Exploring theories, models and concepts       

Discussion Board Post

Week 2

ASSESSING LEARNING AND OUTCOMES: WHAT AND HOW DO YOU WANT TO ASSESS?         

  • Evidence Informed assessment and evaluation practices and contextual considerations

LIVE Discussion

Week 3

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION STRATEGIES (PART 1) 

  • Focus: Competency and skills checklist

Activity #1

Week 4

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION STRATEGIES (PART 2)

  • Focus: Simulation and OSCEs

Discussion Board Post

Week 5

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION STRATEGIES (PART 3)

  • Focus: Test and case studies

Activity #2

Week 6

THAT’S NOT FAIR…HOW TO MANAGE CHALLENGES (PART 1)

  • Navigating learning and competency challenges and considerations

LIVE Discussion

Week 7

THAT’S NOT FAIR…HOW TO MANAGE CHALLENGES (PART 2)

  • Educator role with learners at risk for “failure” within a fair and just environment 

Discussion Board Post

Week 8

QUALITY MANAGEMENT – HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE A GREAT PROGRAM?

  • Maximizing the success of a program evaluation and demonstrating program value

Activity #3

Week 9

PROGRAM EVALUATION – THE BIG PICTURE

  • Connecting data collection, interpretation, analysis and reporting to the program’s bigger picture 

Activity #4

Week 10

EVALUATION SCHOLARSHIP: TAKING THE NEXT STEP

  • Contributing to evidence through dissemination

LIVE Discussion

Other Courses in this Certificate Program

Nursing Education 1: Theoretical Perspectives and Context

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Nursing Education 2: Design, Development & Delivery

This 10-week online course focuses on the practical application of theory and evidence on the design, delivery and facilitation of nursing education in the practice setting.  The course will include: […]

Faculty

Karen Breen-Reid

Former Manager, Interprofessional Education, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Manjit Dhanoa-Yasi

Staff RN, Unity Health (St. Michael’s Hospital), Womens Health Care Centre

Registration Information

Fees

$870 + HST
$970 + HST
$825 + HST
$825 + HST

Site Groups

A group discount rate of 15% is available for site groups of three or more people. To book please contact pd.nursing@utoronto.ca.

Please Note

  • Refund Policy – To withdraw from the course and receive a refund, your written request must be emailed to pd.nursing@utoronto.ca by the Refund Deadline: March 14, 2025. No refunds will be given after this date. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of $100 + tax. As an alternative, a colleague may attend in your place. Please send your substitution request at least 7 days before the course.
  • Registration deadline: April 14, 2025.
  • *U of T Nursing Alumni discount is available to BScN, MN, PMNP Diploma, MScN or PhD graduates of the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
  • **U of T Nursing Faculty discount is available to individuals with a faculty position, adjunct or status appointment, or are a Clinical Instructor (current academic year only) at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
  • Student discount is available to individuals currently registered in the BScN, MN, PMNP or PhD programs at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.
  • Applicable taxes (13% HST) will be added to the registration fees.
  • Course Cancellation Policy – The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to unavailability of instructors, facilities or insufficient enrolment. Decisions on course cancellations are made at least 15 calendar days prior to the course starting date, so early registration is recommended. If you enroll in a course that is subsequently cancelled, you may transfer to another section of that course if an alternative is available; or you may receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel fees or any expenses incurred by you.

Financial Assistance

OSAP for Micro-credentials

The Ontario Student Assistance Program now offers funding for micro-credentials (short training programs offered by post-secondary institutions), including a number of courses offered by the Centre for Professional Development. This funding initiative is part of Ontario’s micro-credentials strategy, helping learners access more opportunities to train or upskill for in-demand jobs through loans and grants.

OSAP for Micro-credentials is available for eligible students taking a ministry-approved micro-credential that is less than 12 weeks. 

To be eligible for OSAP for Micro-credentials, a student must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected person; and, be a resident of Ontario.  

Ontario residency requirements for the purposes of OSAP for Micro-credentials are consistent with Full-Time OSAP residency criteria. 

Students may be ineligible for the following reasons:

  • they do not meet the Ontario residency requirement 
  • their family income threshold is above the income threshold to qualify for funding (i.e., $80,000 for a family of one person; $100,000 for a family of two or more people) 
  • they are restricted from OSAP for Micro-credentials (e.g., have defaulted on a previous OSAP loan, they have a failed credit check on file, they have a bursary overpayment)

Step 1: Confirm that the University of Toronto micro-credential course you want to take is OSAP-approved.

Step 2: Log in to your OSAP account. If this is your first time applying, you will need to create an OSAP account. 

Step 3: From the options listed, select and complete the OSAP for Micro-credentials Application. You can only receive OSAP for Micro-credentials funding for one course at a time.

Step 4: Once you have completed your application, you will receive communication through your OSAP account, which will guide you in completing a supplementary form on the Service Portal. 

The form requires the following information: 

  • Full Name 
  • Date of Birth 
  • Name of Program 
  • Program Study Period – start and end dates 

This must be completed by the end of the study period. 

Step 5: Your division will confirm the information that you have submitted is correct and confirm your registration status. 

Step 6: The University Registrar’s Office will update the OSAP for Micro-credentials Application with the information provided by both you and your division and process your confirmation of enrolment.

Step 7: If you have not already done so, enrol and pay for the micro-credential course you would like to take.

Note: you must be registered in an OSAP approved micro-credential program before OSAP funding will be issued/released. 

Contact Us

Centre for Professional Development
Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto
155 College Street, Suite 130
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5T 1P8