Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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Course 3: Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Assessment and Evaluation

April 10 – June 18, 2023

10 week course

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Delivery Format: Online

OSAP Approved
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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
    • 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” 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:


    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.

    What Others Have Said

    “Excellent feedback from professors”

    “The overall content of this course has prepared me to better understand how adults learn, the importance of giving timely feedback and evaluation to support the learner.  The insight I have gained on designing an evaluation model has made me appreciate the many hours and effort our educators dedicate to the program changes. I feel empowered with the knowledge I have gained as I can better support new staff and students in the clinical area.”

    “Enjoyed the course, very relevant to the educational practice setting!”

    “very strong facilitators who made learning in this course so stimulating and intriguing!”

  • Course Outline

    This is a 10-week on-line 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 include:

    • On-line discussion activities which provide an opportunity for participants to learn from the varied experiences, roles and perspectives of others
    • Three LIVE (via Zoom) sessions will take place for faculty & participants to engage with one another in a group discussion (alternative option is also available for these activities for those unable to attend)
    • The submission of four written learning activities.
    Weekly Progress Learning Module Topics Evaluative Components
    Week 1 Introduction to course and online details

    • Exploring theories, models and concepts                                                
    Discussion Board Post

    • Evidence Informed assessment and evaluation practices
    • Contextual considerations
    LIVE Discussion

    • Focus: Competency and skills checklist
    Activity #1

    • Focus: Simulation and OSCEs
    Discussion Board Post

    • Focus: Test and case studies
    Activity #2

    • Navigating learning and competency challenges and considerations
    LIVE Discussion

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

    • Maximizing the success of a program evaluation
    • Importance of demonstrating program value
    Activity #3

    • Connecting data collection, interpretation, analysis and reporting to the program’s bigger picture 
    Activity #4

    • Contributing to evidence through dissemination
    LIVE Discussion
  • Faculty

    Karen Breen-Reid, RN, MN, FCAN, CpedN(C)

    Former 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 Certificate in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design from Mount Royal University, Alberta. Karen has held positions of staff nurse, educator, and manager over her career. Karen has extensive experience in creative nursing curriculum development, instructional design and evaluation, leadership, mentorship and collaborative communication. She has designed, delivered and evaluated education programs for nurses and interprofessional staff, as well as community partner education programs, nationally and internationally. She has authored/co-authored several chapters and journal articles related to interprofessional practice, education and research. She has an adjunct lecturer appointment at the University of Toronto, has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Ghana, and a member of the Discipline Committee of the College of Nurses of Ontario. Karen was the recipient of the 2008 Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Staff Development), from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and in 2021 was inducted as a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Nurses.


    Sara McEwan, RN, MN, CpedN(C)

    Interprofessional Education Specialist, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
    Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

    Sara obtained her BScN from McMaster University and her MN from University of Toronto. She completed the Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting program in 2020 and received CNA Certification in Pediatrics in 2021. Sara’s clinical expertise is in pediatric surgical care, particularly Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, and General Surgery. She has experience assessing and evaluating clinical experience as a preceptor and educator. She also has experience in curriculum design and delivery at both a local level and broad organizational level. The most rewarding part of Sara’s educator role is supporting new staff throughout the orientation process and providing clinical support on the inpatient units. In 2019 Sara was the recipient of the SickKids’ Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves award for Excellence in the Nursing Education Category.


  • Registration Information


    Early Bird price (ends on March 10, 2023) $845 + HST
    Regular price (starts after Early Bird expires March 11, 2023) $940 + HST
    U of T Nursing Alumni save 15%* $800 + HST
    U of T Nursing Adjunct and Status Faculty save 15%*** $800 + HST
    Student in U of T Faculty of Nursing $660 + 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 the Refund Deadline: March 10, 2023. 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, 2023.
    • 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.
  • Financial AssistanceOSAP Approved

    OSAP Funding

    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.

    How to Apply for OSAP Funding

    This course is OSAP approved (more approved courses are listed below, and you can also verify on the Micro-credentials Portal). To apply for financial assistance through OSAP you will need to establish an OSAP account. You must apply before the course completion date. Visit

    Once you have registered for an eligible OSAP Micro-credential program, the University Registrar’s Office requires a Micro-Credential Program information form to be completed to process your OSAP application. Please fill out the top section of the form and send it to to get assistance in completing the form.

    Download the Micro-credential Program Information Form (PDF)

    For questions regarding the OSAP Micro-Credential funding, eligibility or application process, please contact UofT’s Enrolment Services directly at, or by phone at 416-978-2190 for assistance.

    Eligible courses offered by the Centre for Professional Development

    • Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning in Primary Health Care: A Review for Nurse Practitioners
    • Advanced Ostomy Care and Management
    • Complex Symptom Management in Palliative Care for Nurse Practitioners
    • Controlled Drugs and Substances: Essential Management and Prescribing Practices
    • End of Life Care Management for Nurse Practitioners
    • Integrating a Palliative Approach to Care and Essential Communication Skills for Nurse Practitioners
    • Leadership & Management in Health Care: Managing Business
    • Leadership & Management in Health Care: Managing People
    • Leadership & Management in Health Care: Managing Practice, Quality Care & Operational Performance
    • Leadership & Management in Health Care: Role, Competencies, and Context
    • Mental Health 1 for Nurse Practitioners
    • Mental Health 2 for Nurse Practitioners
    • Mental Health 3 for Nurse Practitioners
    • Mental Health 4 for Nurse Practitioners
    • Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Assessment and Evaluation
    • Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Design, Delivery and Facilitation
    • Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Theoretical Perspectives and Context
    • Point-of-Care Clinical Leadership for Managing Quality Care & Operations in Long-Term Care
    • Point-of-Care Clinical Leadership for Working With & Leading Long-Term Care Teams
    • Point-of-Care Clinical Leadership in the Context of Long-Term Care
    • Pressure Injuries and Complex Surgical Wounds: An Advanced Practice Course
    • Review of Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
    • Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Care of the Hospitalized Adult 1
    • Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Care of the Hospitalized Adult 2
    • Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Care of the Hospitalized Adult 3
    • Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Care of the Hospitalized Adult 4
    • Wound Management for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses: A Best Practice Boot Camp on Lower Extremity Ulcers
  • Contact Us

    Phone: (416) 978-1784
    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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