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AOT NYC - September 26 

New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Mini-Conferences for Assessment Pros

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26


New York College of Podiatric Medicine


Room 213


53 East 124th Street, New York, NY 10035

Join us in New York City to hear from leading assessment professionals from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, and the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. These ExamSoft clients will share assessment processes and best practices they use to better serve their students, faculty, and program as a whole. Light morning refreshments and a full lunch will be served. A chance for networking and discussion will be available after the presentations.

AGENDA

Start


7:30 AM


8:00 AM


8:15 AM


9:15 AM


9:30 AM



10:30 AM


10:45 AM


11:45 AM


12:00 PM

Activity


Coffee & Refreshments


Opening Remarks


K-type Multiple Choice Format: Reevaluating their value in student assessment


Break


Using the NCLEX-RN Exam Blueprint as a Guide for Testing in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program


Break


Satisfying Accreditation Requirements Through Assessment Item Categorization


Closing remarks


Lunch

End




8:15 AM


9:15 AM


9:30 AM


10:30 AM



10:45 AM


11:45 AM


12:00 PM


1:00 PM

PRESENTERS

K-type Multiple Choice Format: Reevaluating their Value in Student Assessment

Professor of Pre-Clinical Sciences, Director of Biochemistry, New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Dr. Barbosa serves as a Professor of Pre-Clinical Sciences and Director of Biochemistry at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine located in Harlem, New York City.

SESSION INFORMATION

Dr. Peter Barbosa

K-type multiple choice questions, also known as complex multiple choice, are listed in item writing guidelines as to be avoided when developing reliable and valid multiple choice assessment questions. Some research indicates that K-type questions increase test difficulty, partly because they require more time to think about, which some tests do not permit. Furthermore, K-type items decrease the test’s reliability and validity due to having “All of the Above” as one of the potential answers which leads to false cuing. However, others propose that the complexity of the items is due to the students’ inability to comprehend higher cognitive thinking and metacognitive skills and not to formatting the item. Following implementation of ExamSoft testing software, statistical analysis using the Discrimination Index and Point Biserial demonstrate that K-type questions with the right formatting are in fact beneficial in the assessment of students’ knowledge. Based on observed data, it is hypothesized that K-type questions could enable students’ understanding of material, motivate more efficient study habits, and provide a more effective discrimination between top and low performers.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing

Sherri Ward, MNSc, RN, is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing Baccalaureate Program. Prior to accepting her first position as faculty in nursing education, she worked at Arkansas Children's Hospital for 18 years, 5 of those in Nursing Informatics training, testing, building, implementing, and supporting electronic health records projects.

This presentation will depict the need for and benefits of structuring an assessment process in a nursing (or other health sciences) program around that of the NCLEX-RN exam blueprint, as well as how to track student performance against this blueprint.


At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Use the NCLEX-RN Client Needs categories to categorize exam questions in ExamSoft.
  2. Mimic the NCLEX-RN exam blueprint to build exams.
  3. Use available reporting features to identify student strengths and weaknesses in each NCLEX Client Needs category after each exam to guide them in preparation for the next exam and lead to improved performance.
  4. Use the longitudinal reporting feature to provide students with performance outcomes in relation to each Client Needs category during their capstone course.

Using the NCLEX-RN Exam Blueprint as a Guide for Testing in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Sherri Ward, MNSc, RN

SESSION INFORMATION

Satisfying Accreditation Requirements Through Assessment Item Categorization

Dan holds a Master of Science in Technology Enhanced Learning and a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent/Young Adult Education from the University of Dayton. His background as a secondary-level educator drives his research and professional interests, including the appropriate use of summative and formative assessment and how the data they produce can be used to positively impact teaching and learning. Dan currently assists faculty at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in course design and development, while also introducing new methods of utilizing educational technology in the curriculum to create a learner-centered environment. 

Dan Thompson, M.S.

SESSION INFORMATION

Manager of Instructional Design and Educational Technology, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Embedded assessment, and the ability to "tag" exam items to learning objectives, has become the standard for the reporting of student learning. On top of these use-cases, and in order to satisfy accreditation requirements and appropriately map the curriculum, ExamSoft’s category feature can be used to map assessment items to the appropriate learning objective for each lesson, as well as accreditation standards. Mapping assessment items with the objectives and instructional method allows faculty and support staff to link these items back to the course objectives, course goals, program goals, and ultimately the school mission. This mapping effort has proven to successfully ease accreditation visits, and has proved to be a vital tool in providing accrediting bodies with evidence on how a program has "closed the loop" from the beginning of the program to the end of each course assessment. Having the ability to show proof of these results was a well-received effort for a recent accreditation visit, and has prompted growth of this mapping effort throughout the curriculum. This presentation addresses the process of satisfying accreditation requirements through the appropriate use of ExamSoft’s tagging and reporting capabilities. 

LOGISTICS

Directions

Subway

Detailed directions to the classroom from within NYCPM are coming soon. 

Located in Harlem near Marcus Garvey Park. 2 blocks from the 125 St subway station on the 2 & 3 lines and 1 1/2 block from the 125 St station on the 4, 5, & 6 lines.

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