Report course 6: Assessment

This course focused on assessment by an Occupational Therapist.

Chapter one addresses the broad definition of assessment and some related key concepts such as validity, reliability and responsiveness, but also how you can collect data by different types of assessments. In Chapter two some guidelines are presented. In the last chapter, is zoomed in on some useful assessments, based on the ICF framework as discussed in course 4. An overview of assessments used in occupational therapy is as such presented in that last chapter (occupation-based, functioning focused, activity focused, participation focused, environment-focused).

The information regarding participation, time, conditions, etc. prior to the course was clear for all the participants. When we look at the course ‘Assessment’, all the participants were positive about the understandability and relevance of the content of the course. The language used during the course was clear to all the participants. They also indicated that the course was well-organized and found the course attractively designed, sufficiently interactive and appreciated the (interactive) assignments during the course. The participants mentioned moreover that the course had a logical structure and was cohesive.

The participants were also extremely positive about the material used. They indicate that the course materials (syllabus and presentation) were clear and they perceived the used visual materials during the course as an added value to the content of the course. They moreover argue that the teaching methods and activities were well chosen and in line with the goals of the course.

The participants agreed that the content of the course suited their level well and found that the content fitted their prior knowledge. They also mention that attention was paid to recent developments withing the field of occupational therapy during the course. Not surprisingly, they indicated that they learned new knowledge about occupational therapy and that they will integrate the course content and learning methods and activities in their own teaching practice. All the participants perceived the applied learning methods and activities as inspiring for their own teaching practice. The majority of the participants indicated that the content of the course was in line with the daily reality in Ukraine. Only 10% had no real opinion about it (and responded with neither agree or disagree).

The participants were extremely positive about the trainer. They found that the trainer was able to keep their attention during the course and was open to questions and feedback. The trainer is seen as someone with sufficient professional knowledge and didactic skills to teach the course and someone who made good translations from theory to practice.