Moderation of a foodservice assessment artefact in nutrition and dietetics programs

Judi Porter, Eleanor Beck, Danielle Gallegos, Claire Palermo, Karen Walton, Alison Yaxley, Evelyn Volders, Amanda Wray, Mary Hannan-Jones

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Aim: Foodservice is a key component of dietetics education and practice internationally yet benchmarks for competency are limited. This study sought to review and moderate an assessment artefact of foodservice work integrated learning (WIL) to develop a shared understanding of one tool which may be used in a suite of evidence to demonstrate competence. Methods: The foodservice curricula and assessment artefacts were described for the foodservice program at each of four participating universities. An assessment artefact from WIL, the report, was identified as an indicator of foodservice competence common to each program. Each university provided four purposively sampled WIL reports, assessed in duplicate by two academics from other participating universities using the corresponding university assessment rubric. Collated assessment results, along with the original assessment, were presented back to assessors. A semi-structured group discussion explored variations in assessment results, factors influencing decisions, and potential changes needed for assessment documentation. Results: There was variation in assessment outcomes between independent assessors. In some instances assessors did not consistently deliver the same assessment outcome, nor rank students in sequential order of performance. This variation was less where an absolute ranking of satisfactory/unsatisfactory was applied. The assessor discussion revealed three key concepts: importance of understanding the project scope; challenges which influence assessment decision making; importance of understanding the broader program of assessment. Conclusions: Assessment inconsistencies emphasise the importance of multiple assessors and assessment artefacts across a programmatic assessment model, and the need for a clear understanding of competence in nutrition and dietetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-239
Number of pages7
JournalNutrition and Dietetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • assessment
  • dietitian
  • education
  • foodservice
  • work integrated learning


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