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NURS620 - Educational Assessment and Evaluation for Nurse Educators

Course Details

Course Code: NURS620 Course ID: 4798 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The evaluation of learning is a critical component of advanced practice nursing education. This course explores the strategies and models that nurse educators use to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching. Students use evaluation data to improve and revise curriculum. Content in this course is applicable to audiences in both academic and clinical education environments.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

LO1: Apply a systematic plan for assessment of learning outcomes.

LO2: Examine the role of the masters prepared nurse in determining the assessment needs of life-long learners.

LO3: Design tools for evaluating the effectiveness of teaching strategies.

LO4: Interpret the impact of implementing various assessment strategies.

LO5: Examine the characteristics for determining assessment formats.

LO6: Analyze the similarities and differences between selected response and constructed response format exam questions.

LO7: Apply the concepts of statistical measurement when creating and analyzing exam results.

LO8: Analyze the various settings and approaches for adjusting grades.

L09: Discuss the importance of equity when grading.

L10: LO10: Examine the purpose of objectives in the laboratory and/or clinical setting.

LO11: Design learning outcomes that define expected student behaviors in the lab/clinical setting.

LO12: Analyze the process of preparation for the licensing process.


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

Forum Guidelines:

  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Initiate your peer response in each forum by 11:55 pm, ET, Friday
  • Complete a minimum of 2 peer responses in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum. Reponses to peers should include such elements as: thought-provoking questions, additional supporting information, and unique or contrasting point of view. All peer responses should demonstrate critical thinking and should include appropriate citations.
  • Forums should be written in a scholarly manner, and should include APA formatted citations and references as appropriate for the topic.
  • All forum questions and responses can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • Forums posted after the week has ended (i.e. after Sunday), will receive no points. The discussion is over and you will not receive credit for participation.

Required Course Textbook:

McDonald, M.E. (2014). The nurse educators guide to assessing learning outcomes. (3rd ed). Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Billings, D.M., & Halstead, J.A. (2016). Teaching in nursing: A guide for faculty. (5th ed.). Elsevier.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires the use of APA format and style, and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education, 5th ed.- e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company
Author:Oermann, Marilyn H., Gaberson, Kathleen B.
Unit Cost:$39.99
Book Title:Evaluation Beyond Exams in Nursing Education: Designing Assignments and Evaluating With Rubrics- e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company
Author:Dennison, R., Anita Dempsey, and John Rosselli
Unit Cost:$54.23

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.