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Assessment for Learning: Practices That Enhance Student Learning and Well-being


Did you know that how you conduct assessments can be a powerful tool in the learning process? Join us for this FREE webinar to examine how Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons have used evidence-based methods to revamp their assessment systems. Learn how to adopt three approaches to assessment that promote student learning and wellness:

  • preclinical pass/fail grading structures,
  • a first semester assessment structure to support long-term learning in biomedical science, and 
  • collaborative post-exam review sessions.
Note: This presentation was originally featured at the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain evidence-based reasoning and strategies for designing a system of assessment that enhances long-term learning, student collaboration, well-being, professional-identity formation and educational climate.
  • Create action plans, including evidence to document, for revising assessment systems.
CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by June 13, 2022. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.00 continuing education credit.


  • Laureen Zubiaurre Bitzer, D.M.D., Ed.D.

    Dr. Laureen Zubiaurre Bitzer has almost 30 years’ of experience in academic dentistry. She is the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Career Planning and Director of the Advanced Standing Program at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (Columbia CDM). She is an Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and an Instructor at Teachers College. Dr. Zubiaurre directs the admissions process for the predoctoral, postdoctoral and advanced standing programs, works closely with students in career planning—especially during the postdoctoral application process—and oversees the advanced standing program. She is Co-director of the M.A. in Science and Dental Education Dual Degree program with Teachers College. A faculty member at Columbia CDM since 1989, she has served in many roles, including Dean of Students and Director of the third-year predoctoral clinic. Her scholarly interests include the use of reflection, predictors for success in dental school and how the use of assessment systems can affect performance on high stakes exams.

  • Shubha Dathatri, Ph.D., Ed.M.

    Dr. Shubha Dathatri is an Education, Assessment and Evaluation Specialist with the Center for Education Research and Evaluation and Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her efforts in health professions education platforms are focused primarily on providing clinical educators with effective tools to teach, evaluate learner performance and reflect on the efficacy of their own educational practices. She is dedicated to using educational research tools to improve instructional, evaluation and assessment systems and to enhance learning outcomes.

  • Aubrie Swan Sein, Ph.D., Ed.M.

    Dr. Aubrie Swan Sein is the Director of the Center for Education Research and Evaluation (CERE) and Assistant Professor of Educational Assessment (in Dental Medicine and Pediatrics) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She leads the work of CERE to collaborate, consult and advise in program development and evaluation, educational and evaluation research and scholarship, curriculum and instructional design, learner assessment and evaluation design, educator development, and counseling about long-term learning and studying strategies. Her scholarly interests center on how assessment systems can be structured to promote students’ long-term learning, and how best to support students to develop high-quality learning and studying strategies.

June 13, 2019
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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