Pre-conference workshop III: Stimulating the study process with rules and regulations of assessment


René Tio (MD PhD) & Wybe Nieuwland (MD PhD)

Dept Cardiology, Catharina Hospital Eindhoven and Department of Educational Development and Research, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences University of Maastricht, the Netherlands; Board of Assessment, Faculty of Medicine University of Groningen and Dept Cardiology, University Medical Centre Groningen;

René Tio has been heavily involved in medical education, especially, in the assessment process for over 20 years. As a former Chair of the Assessment Board in Groningen and as a former Chair of the Dutch Progress Test consortium, he has a lot of experience in how to shape the assessment program efficiently. In research, his main focus is on how the learning of students can be regulated with the design of the assessment program.

Wybe Nieuwland succeeded René Tio four years ago to become Chair of the Assessment Board in Groningen. His successor could follow closely the changes in the study process and the influence of the changes in the assessment program of the new curriculum at the University of Groningen. Both speakers have their roots in Cardiology and work as Cardiologists as their day jobs. They also teach medical students in the Bachelor and Master programme and train residents in training to become a cardiologist.

Workshop description

The examination board is responsible for the quality of assessment. In this workshop, the responsibilities and tasks of the examination board and the impact this has on the teaching and learning process of faculty and students respectively will be discussed; specifically its impact on student motivation and learning strategy as well as on teacher engagement.
Experience from our own faculty will be presented and used as a starting point for discussion.

Workshop format

Experiences from our own faculty will be shared and will be open for discussion. Because these experiences seem sometimes conflicting, participants will be challenged to give their own opinions and comment on the experiences.


  • Knowledge and impact of legal regulations with regard to examinations
  • The impact of the assessment programme, in particular, on cumulative assessment on student learning
  • The use of large educational units and high frequency of assessment to stimulate students


We will use slides to facilitate the discussion; these slides will be printed in handouts.
We want to share our experience with our way of assessment and expect that this will facilitate the understanding of study processes in general. For our institution, we expect to get feedback and maybe some new ideas for further development.

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Check out Pre-conference workshop I: Designing and implementing programmatic assessment: does one size fit all?
Check out Pre-conference workshop II: A Practical Introduction to Standard Setting