Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing


Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Assessment and Evaluation

Apr 8-Jun 16, 2020

10 week course

Course Code: NUR-EDU3-APR2020

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Delivery Format: Online

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  • Course Description

    This 10-week on-line 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; and
    • 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.

    Please Note:  This is one of three required courses for the “Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting” (Not-for-credit). It may be taken as a “stand alone” course 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:


    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.

  • This course is offered as a fully on-line asynchronous course through the University of Toronto’s Learning Management System (Quercus). In each of the 10 weeks of the course participants are expected to view a one-hour e-learning module, review required readings, and actively engage with the course material by participating in a weekly learning activity or completing a written assignment.

    • Learning activities – There are weekly learning activities which include: Participation in the group discussion board (DB) by posting responses to 1-2 questions and then engaging in on-line discussion with other participants; as well over the 10 weeks there are 2 additional 1 page written activities (e.g. Appraise an Evaluation from Practice; Improve Upon a Performance Assessment Tool) etc.
    • Assignments – There are 2 written 5-7 page assignments required in the course (Evaluation Model; Design and Evaluation Plan for an Educational Program).

    Grading for this course is on a pass /fail basis. In order for participants to receive a grade of “pass” they must obtain a final minimum average of 70% in the course based on all evaluation methods. It is anticipated that participants will need to allocate at least 6-8 hours per week to complete the required components of the course. Please note for this course the week runs from the Wednesday to the Tuesday evening following.

    Weekly Progress Learning Module Topics Evaluative Components
    Week 1 Introduction to course and online details WHY BOTHER EVALUATING… Exploring theories, models and concepts                                                 Discussion Board Post
    Week 2 WHAT DO YOU WANT TO EVALUATE…  Incorporating assessment and evaluation into education program planning Activity #1: Appraise & Discuss Application of an Evaluation Model
    WHO AM I TO EVALUATE OTHERS? Educator and practice setting context considerations Discussion Board Post
    Week 4 ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION METHODS Selecting appropriate tools Assignment #1: Design a Rubric or Checklist
    Week 5 ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION METHODS Designing and implementing tools Activity #2: Design or Improve Test Items
    Week 6 THAT’S NOT FAIR…HOW TO MANAGE CHALLENGES (PART 1) Navigating feedback and the “at risk” learner within a fair and just environment Discussion Board Post
    Week 7 THAT’S NOT FAIR…HOW TO MANAGE CHALLENGES (PART 2) Using assessment for performance management and remedial learning Discussion Board Post

    • Ensuring an education program meets the required outcomes
    Activity #3: Data Collection Methods

    • Examining reasons and methods for evaluating education programs
    Discussion Board Post
    Week 10 EVALUATION RESEARCH – THE EVALUATOR AS SCHOLAR… Contributing to evidence through dissemination Discussion Board Post

    Assignment #2: Design an Evaluation Plan


  • Faculty

    Karen Breen-Reid, RN, MN
    Manager, Interprofessional Education, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
    Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

    Karen obtained her BScN and MN from the University of Toronto and Curriculum Development and Instructional Design Certificate from Mount Royal University, Alberta. Karen has held positions of staff nurse, educator, and manager over her career. She has designed and delivered education programs for nurses and interprofessional staff, as well as community partner education programs. She has extensive experience in creative curriculum development, instructional design, leadership, mentorship and collaborative communication. She has been involved in designing, delivering and evaluating several international education programs. She has authored and co-authored several chapters and journal articles related to interprofessional practice, education and research. Karen has appointment as adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto, teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She was a part-time lecturer at the University of Ghana and a member of the Discipline Committee of the College of Nurses of Ontario. She was the recipient of the 2008 Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Staff Development), from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

    Manjit Dhanoa-Yasi, RN, BScN, MN
    Undergraduate Lecturer (Teaching Stream), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

    Manjit (Manj) Dhanoa-Yasi earned her BScN and MN from the University of Toronto.  Her clinical practice expertise is primarily in acute care perinatal nursing.  Over her 24 year career, Manj has gained extensive experience assessing and evaluating clinical performance as a preceptor, supervisor, educator and clinical instructor.  Currently in her 9th year as an Undergraduate Lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg’s Faculty of Nursing, Manj teaches and evaluates learning in the classroom.  The most rewarding part of Manj’s academic role is supporting and mentoring clinical instructors and preceptors with evaluating student learning in various practice settings.  As a consultant for the faculty’s Centre for Professional Development, Manj teaches clinical instructors and educators about evaluation strategies and approaches in the practice setting.  Manj holds a certificate in E-learning and is the recipient of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s Betty Burcher Mentorship Award.

  • Registration Information


    Early Bird price (ends March 6, 2020) $790 + HST
    Regular price (starting March 7, 2020) $875 + HST
    U of T Nursing Alumni save 15%* $745 + HST
    U of T Nursing Adjunct and Status Faculty save 15%*** $745 + HST
    U of T Nursing Current Student save 50%**** $435 + HST

    Site Groups

    A group discount rate is available for site groups of three or more people. For details please contact

    Please Note

    • Refund Policy – To withdraw from the course and receive a refund, your written request must be emailed to by March 6, 2020. 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.
    • Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline: March 31, 2020.
    • U of T Nursing Alumni discount is available to BScN, MN, PMNP Diploma, MScN or PhD graduates of the Lawrence S. 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 S. 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 S. 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.
  • Date and Location

    Jan 9-Mar 19, 2019

    10 week online course

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  • Contact Us

    Phone: (416) 978-7688
    Address: Centre for Professional Development
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    Suite 130
    155 College Street
    Toronto, ON  Canada M5T 1P8


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