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Health Professions Education Assessment Showcase

Sharing Innovative Assessment Practices.

Assessment is a process through which we gain insight into the knowledge, skills, and attitude students achieve by engaging in a learning activity. In health profession education, diverse assessment strategies are used to assess the extent learners have met the expected outcomes.

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In partnership with College of Pharmacy, QU Health, Qatar University

We invited health profession educators to share innovative and creative assessment strategies at the Health Professions Education Assessment Showcase co-hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary in Qatar and the College of Pharmacy, QU Health, Qatar University.

The showcase was designed as an opportunity for health professions educators to come together and co-create knowledge on the use of authentic and innovative assessment strategies in theory, lab, and clinical settings, reflect on how to integrate new strategies into their various teaching contexts and disciplines, and network.

Guiding Principles

  • To increase the awareness of authentic and innovative assessment practices in health profession education amongst HPE Educators in Qatar and beyond.
  • To provide networking opportunities and increase collaboration amongst HPE educators.
  • To encourage the understanding of the importance of alignment between outcomes/objectives and the assessment strategy used to assess learners.


with those interested in authentic assessment of learning in HPE


the innovative assessment strategies used in your discipline


how to incorporate the assessment strategies in your course 

Keynote Address

Kent Hecker, BSc, MSc, PhD

Guest Speaker:

Kent Hecker, BSc, MSc, PhD 

University of Calgary, Canada

Aligning Assessment and Competency Development

How do you judge and assess competence? Competence and competency development are complex constructs that we as healthcare educators are asked to deconstruct, teach, assess, and provide feedback to our learners and key stakeholders in our health education community.

In this session, we will explore how best to align assessment methods to competency development in health education. We will take an evidence-based approach to think meaningfully and pragmatically about what assessment method or methods could be used at what time and for what purpose.  Discussions will revolve around providing valid evidence to support the use of methods chosen and the interpretations of the data generated in order to support learning and making decisions about student competency progression.    


Biography of the speaker:

Dr. Hecker is a Professor of Health Professions Education in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with a joint appointment in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is the inaugural Chief Assessment Officer for the International Council for Veterinary Assessment. Dr Hecker studies performance in health professions education focusing in three areas: 1) Selection of applicants; 2) Assessment of student/trainee competency development across the health care continuum; and 3) The application of neuroimaging methods (functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI] and electroencephalography [EEG]) to assess learning, reasoning and decision making.

Dr. Hecker works at the intersection of measurement, learning, education, neuroimaging, and psychology. His collaborations with neuroscientists, psychologists, clinicians, and educators have led to some of the first novice expert studies assessing the neural correlates of learning, reasoning, and clinical decision-making.  He is the Principal Investigator of The Health Education Neuroassesment Laboratory (THENaL), a Canada Foundation for Innovation funded lab, where a multidisciplinary team combine brain imaging techniques (i.e., EEG and fMRI) with educational and assessment methods to explore how neuroeducation studies could inform learning, decision making, teaching and assessment practices in health professions education.


Event Details

  • One guest speaker
  • Three sessions of 30 minutes
  • 10 minutes between sessions for participants to reflect on learning and regroup
  • Event program will be available soon

DATE: Monday, 17th October 2022

TIME: 3 – 5:30pm (12 – 2:30pm GMT)

    Event Registration

    Registration is closed.

    The webinar will be conducted on Zoom and details will be shared with all registrants closer to the event.

    Organising Committee

    For further details and clarifications regarding the event contact: ucqctl@ucalgary.ca

    Dr. Frances Kalu

    Lead, Centre for Teaching and Learning,

    University of Calgary in Qatar

    Dr. Fatima Mraiche

    Section Head of Research and Graduate Studies

    College of Pharmacy, QU Health, Qatar University

    Ms. Faisa Farah

    Assistant Professor - Teaching,

    University of Calgary in Qatar

    Ms. Roqaia Dorri

    Assistant Professor – Teaching,

    University of Calgary in Qatar

    Dr. Yasin Yasin

    Assistant Professor

    College of Health Science

    University of Doha for Science and Technology

    Dr. Hassaan A. Rathore

    Associate Professor

    College of Pharmacy, QU Health, Qatar University