Thursday, November 5, 2020

CBFE Midterm Tips: Intermediate 1 Fieldwork (Level 2)

Here are some tips to help you with completing the midterm evaluation for Intermediate 1 Fieldwork: 


  • Take time to review the evaluation and the minimum placement expectations that you have set for each competency. This will help you to refresh your memory on areas that you are evaluating for midterm. This will also help to target your observations and begin to gather examples of how your student is doing.
  • In addition to direct observation, consider other evaluation strategies such as:

o   Talking through a client session with your student,

o   Reviewing written documentation,

o   Gathering perspectives of team members and OT colleagues. 



  • Please rate your student on each competency using the drop-down arrow provided. 
  • Please remember that for Intermediate 1 you are to score a maximum of 6 at midterm and final. 
  • Consider your student's performance in relation to:
    • your minimum placement expectations ( where you expect your student to be at  the end of Intermediate 1 fieldwork)
    • CBFE competency descriptors  
  •  Use the comment section to provide examples of how your student is meeting expectations, strengths, and areas for improvement.
  • Grading

o   Intermediate 1 & Intermediate 2 fieldwork both fall under Level 2 on the CBFE.

o   A rating of 6 indicates mastery of Level 2 and ready to transition to Level 3 (Advanced).  For Intermediate 1, we would not expect students to reach a rating of 6, as this would mean that they are ready to transition to Level 3 (Advanced fieldwork). It is possible that your student may be performing at a 6 by the end of Intermediate 1, however, it is not expected.  Your students still have another placement (Intermediate 2) to work towards achieving mastery of Level 2!    

o   By the end of Intermediate 1, we would expect students to reach a 5 in order to meet expectations, although there may be some variation across competencies. *Students do not need to have 5’s in all competencies in order to pass their Intermediate 1 placement.

  • Reminders:

o   *Determination of a pass or fail by the university is based on the average of the competency marks and comments at final.

o   Please do not rate your student above a 6 for Intermediate 1. If your student seems exceptional, please feel free to use the comment section to indicate this.

o   Please do not struggle with the electronic form! If you are having issues, you can use a paper copy and email us a scan of the document at the end of the placement.



  •  Review and evaluate each objective by placing a vertical line on The Learning Objective Rating Scale.

o   Hover over the dot on the scale; a hand will appear to allow you to choose the rating.

  • You can copy and paste your student’s learning objective information into the evaluation on the student-learning objective page. This will help provide some context to your evaluation. 


  • The student-learning objective page will primarily contain student information that you have copied and pasted.  Feel free to use the “validation” column to provide feedback about your student’s progress with learning objectives. You may also use the comment section to provide feedback about student learning objectives. 
  • What if you need to edit your rating?

o   Hover over the line above the dot you selected. Once the hand appears, and it is “sitting” on the line, you can click to delete.

  • What if your student has more than one learning objective for the same competency? How do you provide a rating in this situation?

o   In this case, you can provide a rating that captures an “overall picture” or an average of your student’s progress in meeting their learning objectives. 

  • Your student may carry forward objectives not completed into academics or future placements. 
  •  Reminder:  Student learning objectives are not included in the overall score and do not determine pass or fail.


BONUS TIP:  Consider emailing the evaluation to your student prior to your evaluation meeting to allow time to “digest” everything.

As always, please reach out if you have any question or concerns :-)

Teresa & Margaret Anne

Thursday, October 29, 2020

CBFE: Student Learning Objectives (Learning Contract)


By the end of the first week of fieldwork, students are expected to come up with Student Learning Objectives in collaboration with their fieldwork educator. Student Learning Objectives are intended to be additional or augmentative learning to the fieldwork educator’s placement expectations.

So, what does this mean for your student/s and for you as the fieldwork educator?


 What can you expect from your student?   

  • In collaboration with you, your student will identify areas that they would like to focus on as their Student Learning Objectives (by the end of week 1 of fieldwork). 
  • Student Learning Objectives identified should:

o   Be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and time based)

o    Identify resources required and how objective will be measured/validated

  • The number of Student Learning Objectives developed will depend on the placement level; the minimum number are outlined by the university.
  • Students may add additional learning objectives as they progress in the placement.


What is your role as the fieldwork educator?

  • Your role as the fieldwork educator is to ensure that your student’s personal learning  objectives are realistic and “doable” in your practice environment.
  • You may also provide feedback related to the quality of the objective. For example, is it SMART?


What are some examples of Student Learning Objectives? 

  • You can expect a wide range of objectives based on your student’s learning needs and interests. Some examples include objectives related to:

o   Learning more about a specific assessment or intervention.

o   Learning more about a specific process in your practice setting, such as the home care or panel process.

o   Learning more about a specific community resource or program within the continuum of care that you work with.

o   Building on a current skill that they feel needs work, such as charting or interviewing


How are Student Learning Objectives evaluated?

  • Student Learning Objectives are reviewed and evaluated by the fieldwork educator at midterm and final using the Learning Objective Rating Scale. * This is done in addition to your evaluation of each competency. Your student will also complete a self-evaluation of their learning objectives.
  • Keep in mind that the Student Learning Objectives are not included in the overall score and do not determine pass or fail
  • Objectives not completed may be carried forward into academics or future placements.
  • Your final feedback may provide the student with direction for learning objectives in future placements.


As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!  

Teresa & Margaret Anne