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CIPhER Visiting Scholar Seminar: “Are You a Fair Grader? Ways to Improve Assessment of Student Performance”

April 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Are You a Fair Grader? Ways to Improve Assessment of Student Performance

12:00 pm – 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2019, Beard 116 & Karpen 103

Assessing performance in clinical settings is a challenge across all health professions. Measurement challenges include mitigating subjective rater errors (biases), identifying specific criteria for various levels of performance, and ensuring rater consistency over time. This program will provide an overview on each of the aforementioned challenges and discuss ways in which quality measurement may be improved in clinical and other rater-mediated scenarios (e.g. OSCEs).


REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Tuesday, April 23, at 5 p.m.


To Register Click Here


The University Of North Carolina Eshelman School Of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE program 0046-9999-19-177-L04-P provides 1.5 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. To receive CE credit, participants must complete the CE attendance form and the online evaluation of the program (instructions to be emailed). Statements of credit can be viewed and printed in CPE Monitor in approximately 2 to 3 weeks. **No partial credit will be available**


Kenneth D. Royal, PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Assessment & Outcomes

College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences

NC State University

Kenneth D. Royal received his PhD from the University of Kentucky and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Educational Assessment & Outcomes in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, at the North Carolina State University. His scholarship is dedicated to the broad study of education research and medical education. Royal is the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed articles, serves as editor-in-chief or associate editor of five academic journals, and reviews for more than 20 medical and education journals. Royal’s work has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), Psychology Today, The Atlantic, and other nationally syndicated outlets. In 2017, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky’s College of Education.

Royal began his research career specializing in measurement, statistics, assessment and evaluation. However, subsequent employment in the medical certification industry and academia resulted in his research interests evolving to also include general issues in medical education, such as educational policy, teaching and learning, educational psychology and faculty development. His recent educational research has led to innovations in research methodology, assessment techniques and theory. In the field of veterinary medicine, his recent work has included national studies of Americans’ beliefs about animal afterlife, the public’s knowledge of potential pet toxins, and the development of a comprehensive wellness model to improve veterinary student health and learning environments. Currently, he is working on developing new techniques to simplify grading, enhance feedback mechanisms, and improve score validity, among other projects.


Event FAQ

  • Lunch will be provided from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM outside of Beard 116 (Chapel Hill) and Karpen 103 (Asheville). When you register via Learning Express CE, please indicate if you will be joining us for lunch and if you have any dietary restrictions.
  • A Zoom link will be provided prior to the session via a confirmation email for registrants who indicate that they will attend the session remotely.
  • Parking passes are available only for guests and visitors employed at locations outside of the UNC campus. Please bring your parking deck ticket to the event to receive a pass.


April 26, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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