C2. Confidence-Based Assessments: The Next Big Thing
Professionals often assume they have achieved a level of competency if they have been working in their field for some time. They think that because they have been doing something for so long it MUST be “right.” What they don’t realize is that in many situations, they can’t consciously evaluate what they truly know. We need to shift learners from “I ASSUME I know” to “I KNOW that I don’t know.” They need to critically evaluate their competency in a given subject by consciously assessing their confidence in any knowledge they apply. This presentation will demonstrate how confidence-based assessment tools help learners discover where and how often they may be inaccurately or incorrectly applying knowledge. By providing the mechanism to evaluate their confidence in their knowledge, we are simultaneously achieving three goals: improving practice, identifying competency “danger zones”, and increasing self-efficacy.