Category “Hacks”: Non-traditional item categorization strategies to maximize the use of exam data
Recently, Dan Thompson, Manager of Instructional Design and Educational Technology at Oklahoma State University of Health Sciences, discussed how his program uses ExamSoft’s category feature to pinpoint curricular weak areas and make improvements in his webinar, “Category “Hacks”: Non-traditional item categorization strategies to maximize the use of exam data.”
The key takeaways from the presentation include:
1. Categories are a great way to predict future licensure/board performance and remediate if necessary.
2. If items are used in multiple exams, make sure you pull their statistics in separate reports; otherwise, your statistics will blend and your results will reflect the performance of the question itself vs. the exam as a whole.
3. Create new courses and class sessions in your categories each academic year to eliminate any confusion with future longitudinal reports.
The presentation gives insight into the non-traditional methods his program uses to to create categories, including methods to support longitudinal analysis, tagging by class section, and reporting academic progress. Dan also shares tips and tricks for streamlining your program’s category process.
"Categories help programs improve student outcomes by making as many data-driven decisions as possible.”