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Utilizing Category Statistics to Increase Student Self Awareness and Guide Exam Preparation

June 3, 2016 Dan Thompson

Utilizing Category Statistics to Increase Student Self Awareness and Guide Exam Preparation

Recently, Dan Thompson, Coordinator of Instructional Design, Assessment, and Educational Technology at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, discussed his program’s use of ExamSoft’s category feature to map assessment items to the appropriate learning objective for each lesson in his webinar, “Utilizing Category Statistics to Increase Student Self Awareness and Guide Exam Preparation”

The key takeaways from the presentation include:

  1. Categories are a useful organizational tool when preparing for accreditation as well as identifying student performance issues.
  2. If done correctly, an entire curriculum can be mapped by linking assessment items with learning objectives, course goals, program goals, etc.
  3. Category statistics were well received during accreditation review and have encouraged continuous growth within the Center for Health Sciences.

Thompson’s presentation gives insight into the weak areas found in his program’s exam review process and the need for specific performance information required to provide students with crucial feedback. He also discussed student reception of the revised process and the impact that category use has had on student learning overall.

"Having a sound category structure in place makes exam revision an easier process overall."

To view a PDF copy of the presentation, please click here.

About the Author

Dan  Thompson

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. An ExamSoft client for over eight years, Dan currently is the Senior Manager of Education and Assessment at ExamSoft. His background includes assisting faculty at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in course design and development, while also introducing new methods of utilizing educational technology in assessment and instruction to create a learner-centered environment.

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