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Contextual Assessment: Games as evidence of competency

  • 28 Feb 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA) 142 E. Ontario St. Chicago, IL 60611-2864


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Chicago Feb Meeting

Feb 28th, 9:00 am - 12:00

Contextual Assessment: Games as evidence of competency

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Games place learners in contextual situations that require analysis and action to create control over random game factors. Join in a large group game and discussion of game mechanics that create randomness or control.  Learn from multiple case stories showing how games have been used to assess. Then, take the conversation deeper to consider how and when a game might be a performance-based assessment.  Discuss the challenges and limitations of assessing game play as comparable evidence of competency.

Join the discussion of the growing demand for games as assessment methods and as alternatives to traditional multiple-choice exams.  Come discover the emerging world of assessments where games, gamification, simulations, augmented reality (A/R), virtual reality (V/R), and certifications are creating new assessment techniques.

What will you learn?

At the end of this session, you will be able to

  • Evaluate learning games for randomness, control, and fun
  • Assess the potential for a game, augmented reality, or virtual reality to be used as an assessment technique
  • Explain to key decision-makers the strengths and limitations of using games, A/R, V/R for evidence-based assessments


Sharon L. Gander, M.Ed., CPT, CIDD, is an instructional designer and learning game developer who has worked across many industries. She has designed elearning solutions, serious learning games, blended learning, goal-based/problem-based learning solutions, as well as assessments for games and gamification. Sharon is a certification and badging expert. She is the Director of ID Certifications for The Institute for Performance Improvement and has written 2 chapters in Foundations of Digital Badges and Microcredentials.

Judith Hale, Ph.D., CPT, CACP, CIDD, and ibstpi Fellow is one of the more prolific writers and well-known consultants in certification and credentialing. She has worked in the public and private sectors across all industries for more than 30 years. Judy is the author of the award-winning Performance-Based Certification, 2nd ED, the Performance Consultant’s Fieldbook 2nd ED, Performance-Based Evaluation, Performance-Based Management, and Outsourcing Training and Development.

Dennis Glenn, MFA, consultants with corporations and educational organizations to design learning systems, curricula, business plans, and classrooms for synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. Glenn is drawn to this work following a distinctive career in professional photography and film. He closed Glenn Films, Inc. in 1993 in order to pursue teaching opportunities, which led to a position as Assistant Dean and Director of the Distributed Learning Center at Northwestern University’s School of Communication. Glenn’s research centered on learning styles and the development of interactive learning environments that individualize instruction over broadband networks.


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