A digital assessment and feedback resource for the School of Health Sciences and Melbourne Dental School

Dr Kwang Cham1, Ms Anthea Cochrane1, Dr Megan Keage1, Dr  Rebecca Wong1, Dr Elaina Kefalianos1

1The University Of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia



Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are integral to assess students’ clinical competencies. Traditional paper-based OSCEs are time-consuming and not conducive to providing personalised feedback. An iPad-based assessment and feedback resource was developed in Optometry to provide personalised written feedback following OSCEs. This resource was recently adapted for use in Speech Pathology and Melbourne Dental School.


Examiners used the digital resource to assess students during OSCEs. Feedback was emailed to students. A week later, students completed a survey and participated in focus groups to evaluate their perceptions about feedback quality and assessment resource satisfaction. Examiners were surveyed regarding use of the digital resource.


70 out of 116 Optometry and Speech Pathology students (60%) were surveyed. 90% of respondents reported that the feedback received was timely and facilitated self-reflection. The digital resource was considered appropriate for assessing clinical skills and was reported to have a positive impact on their skill development. All examiners reported that the assessment resource was easy to use. Overall, they were satisfied with the resource and would use it for future OSCEs.

Significance of the findings to allied health:

This innovation has enabled timely written feedback to be provided in a time- and resource-constrained environment. Future studies will evaluate changes to student performance following feedback.


Dr. Kwang Cham’s research interests includes digital technologies for feedback and assessment, simulations, digital literacy competency, inter-professional education, and object-based learning engaging with material culture. He has been successful with several educational grants at a Faculty (MDHS Seed Funding), University (Learning and Teaching Initiative Grant), and Discipline (Victorian Optometrists Training and Education Trust) level. Kwang has presented at conferences including the Higher Education Quality Network Conference and the Victorian Allied Health Research Conference in 2017, where he was awarded an ePoster award for best innovation. Kwang’s recognition for his achievements include the Melbourne School of Health Sciences Teaching and Learning Award in 2016.