Programs Coming Together: Using ExamSoft to Assess Interprofessional Education (IPE) Opportunities
Recently, Carla D. Hernandez, Assessment Coordinator, Anthony C. Marziliano, Associate Director of Assessment, and Marc E. Gillespie, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, at St. John's University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, discussed how ExamSoft helps interprofessional education opportunities to promote student engagement.
The key takeaways from the presentation include:
Categorization is important and easy to do.
Categorization will help you get through the accreditation process successfully.
Identifying IPE opportunities is made easier through a holistic comparison across programmatic goals and outcomes.
Assessing goals and outcomes across programs helps your students.
Professional health science programs must now explicitly identify interprofessional education (IPE) activities that provide unique opportunities for student-to-student engagement. Offering IPE activities is essential to advance education in these fields. We actively identify IPE possibilities and a methodology to assess them using ExamSoft’s categorization system. Our faculty are content experts and are in the best position to categorize test-items with national exam blueprints, the essential hierarchical ontologies that drive programs. Blueprints contain goals, outcomes, knowledge domains, professional skills and attributes often required for proficiency in specific health care professions. Mapping between different program blueprints allows the College to identify parts of the curriculum that are shared between programs and are ideal targets for IPE efforts. We provide worked examples where we observed overlapping terms that serve as an impetus for faculty and administrators to capitalize, creating IPE opportunities. By the very nature of this activity, overlapping terms are associated with test items that can be used to establish a pre-IPE activity baseline, as well as, assess the IPE activity itself. Synergistic assessment of shared goals and outcomes (using ExamSoft categories) helps us prepare our students to be outstanding health care professionals in the 21st century.
“Identifying content overlaps, and categorizing/tagging exam questions accordingly is essential to our IPE strategy and process."