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AOT Toronto - Nov 9th

University of Toronto

Mini-Conferences for Assessment Pros

Thursday, November 9


University of Toronto - 

Medical Sciences Building


Room #3287


1 King's College Circle

Toronto ON M5S 1A8

Join us in Toronto to hear from leading assessment professionals from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Allied Health Professions, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing. 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


Using Assessment Data for Evidence-Based Decision Making


Break


Satisfying Accreditation Requirements Through Assessment Item Categorization


Break


Using a Board Exam Blueprint as a Guide for Testing in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program


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

SESSION INFORMATION

This session will focus on how the ExamSoft category feature can help educators make informed, evidence-based decisions for student feedback and remediation, course and program evaluation, and quality improvement. The presentation will include suggestions for category development, including examples of one school’s real-life existing category structure. Examples of how categories can help programs gather valuable data for ensuring quality, for early identification of changes in student performance, and for suggesting new directions in curriculum development will be shared.

Assistant Professor, Director of Curricular & Learning Assessment

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Allied Health Professions

Sarah B. McBrien, MS

Sarah B. McBrien, M.S., is the Director of Assessment in the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Previously, she worked for UNMC's College of Medicine where she did work in curriculum, assessment, and instructional technology. Ms. McBrien is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Using Assessment Data for Evidence-Based Decision Making

Satisfying Accreditation Requirements Through 

Assessment Item Categorization

Dan Thompson, M.S.

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.

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. 

SESSION INFORMATION

Using a Board Exam Blueprint as a Guide for Testing in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Sherri Ward, MNSc, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing

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 board 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 board exam client needs categories to categorize exam questions in ExamSoft.
  2. Mimic board exam blueprints to build exams.
  3. Use available reporting features to identify student strengths and weaknesses in each board exam 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.

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.

SESSION INFORMATION

LOGISTICS

Directions

Metered street parking is available on King's College Circle adjacent to the building. Queens Park subway station on the Yonge-University line is one block from the venue. 

Parking

Room #3287 is located in the Discovery Commons on the 3rd floor of the Medical Sciences Building. 

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