Recently, Brad Marcum, Curriculum Systems Manager of the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine presented his thoughts on moving a smaller educational program from a paper-based to digital assessment process in his webinar, “Do More with Less: Tips on Moving Your Small Program to a Digital Assessment Process.” The webinar focused on smaller schools that might have limited resources or budgets making the case for a digital testing and assessment process. These were Brad’s main takeaways:
- Make sure that you can articulate why your program needs to move to a digital assessment process.
- Research is important – reach out to colleagues at other intuitions who have moved to digital assessments.
- Reach out to the faculty early – recruit faculty who have been early adopters for other projects to help you.
- Look for hidden gems – find the employees in your program who can help you create a team to help you.
- Work closely with your IT department – they are a valuable part of the process of making a smooth move to digital assessments.
As Brad mentions in his presentation, smaller programs are usually the most in need of an efficient, streamlined assessment process. Yet for many, the implementation and buy-in process can seem daunting. How do can we show proof of need? How can we motivate buy-in from faculty and administrators? Once implemented, how do we show ROI? By following the tips outlined in this presentation, moving from a paper-based to digital assessment process can be as painless and efficient as possible.
Smaller programs shouldn’t be overwhelmed with the idea digital assessment or new technologies – they just have to work effieciently and utilize the resources available to them. – Brad Marcum, Curriculum Systems Manager, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine/University of Pikeville
To listen to the full presentation on this topic, click here.