Dislexia, Naomi Gadian, evaluaciones, aprendizaje medicina y elearning


Hoy traemos este artículo, escrito por Linda Loader que es managing director de infinity. El artículo versa sobre Naomi Gadia una estudiante disléxica de medicina que está tomando acciones legales contra el Consejo Médico General, alegando que las pruebas de opción múltiple discriminan a las personas con dificultades de aprendizaje. … no pensáis que esto puede acarrear bastantes consecuencias, aparte del hecho de poner en evidencia algo que muchas personas piensan: la forma de evaluar depende de nuestros estudiantes, de nuestros profesores, del sistema, de las formas de relación, … y hacer pasar a todos por el aro de los tests no es la mejor opción…

Se habla de discapacidad, y de ajustar la red a todos… pero los hechos nos demuestran otras tendencias…

Comment: Legal action against multiple choice could affect all elearning

WordsNews that dyslexic medical student Naomi Gadian is taking legal action against the General Medical Council, claiming that multiple choice tests discriminate against those with learning difficulties, potentially has huge repercussions for the learning industry, says Linda Loader.


Student Naomi Gadian is dyslexic and claims that the use of multiple choice tests in her medical training at The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry is unfair. In common with other undergraduate medical training, students must pass all examinations if they are to be allowed to progress their studies from year to year and the use of multiple choice questions, primarily delivered online, are alleged to be discriminatory. The college has said it makes a reasonable adjustment by allowing Ms Gadian and other dyslexic students additional time on the tests, but Ms Gadian’s solicitor John McKenzie – speaking to the BBC as well as to the Guardian – is very clear about the issues in this case. “Every professional body or employer who relies for a professional qualification, or as a promotional gateway, on multiple choice questions is heading for a fall,” he said.

Photo of Linda Loader“Employees don’t come with four-option multiple choice questions pinned to their chests and using this method as a means of judging competence is flawed.”

Using a ‘one size fits all’ approach to learning and development – and especially to assessment – is potentially problematic. Giving alternatives which make learning accessible is at the heart of how elearning providers should be helping their clients provide fair and equal treatment for everyone who uses their learning programmes.

This issue could be very significant indeed. If this case is successful then the precedent has been set. For many years, vendors of learning management systems and rapid elearning authoring tools have stressed the benefits of being able to use online tests – usually using multiple choice questions – as a means of ensuring learners only progress after having achieved a common level of understanding.(leer más…)

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