Guiding Student Use of the S&O Report to Improve Study Habits

August 3, 2017

Guiding Student Use of the S&O Report to Improve Study Habits

Recently, Dr. Gina Garrison, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Dr. Aimee Strang, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Assistant Dean of Curricular Assessment, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences strategically mapped a major science course to program outcomes and course objectives to offer meaningful S&O reports after course exams. A process was developed to (1) assist students with interpreting the results and (2) make connections between their areas of weakness with recommended study habits for the course. 

The key takeaways from the presentation include:

1. Approximately 50% of student respondents found S&O reports to be valuable and used them to inform future study

2. Additional student support systems may increase the utility of S&O reports

3. Additional faculty development is needed in item writing, mapping and exam blueprinting for more meaningful use of S&O reports

This session will highlight the process behind mapping categories to guide student analysis of ExamSoft's Strengths and Opportunities Report to inform study approaches. Participants will be able to explain opportunities and challenges to support student use of the S&O Report, including processes for quality exam category mapping and guiding student analysis of the report to support learning.

"Formative feedback gives the student perspective on how they did in terms of the rest of the class as well as a way to look at their individual performance per category”

 

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