Monthly Archives: September 2016

Examsoft User Development Initiative

As Examsoft use has continued to expand each semester at the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, the Office of Assessment launched the Examsoft User Development Initiative (ESUDI) during the Summer of 2016 based upon a recommendation from Dean Digate. The goal of the ESUDI is to provide hands-on faculty training workshops, as well as, other resources to ensure all users (new and returning) within the College are confident in Examsoft use. We aim to provide basic tutorials on how to use the Examsoft Portal and in-depth discussions with faculty (of all disciplines) on how they can utilize the reporting features to better track student learning outcomes and further engage their students throughout the semester.

The first ESUDI session was held June 28th, 2016. The session was well received and the Office of Assessment followed this up with a second summer session on August 18th, 2016. We will continue offering monthly workshops discussing different topics during the Fall 2016 semester available to all Examsoft Faculty users in the College. Future topics to be discussed will include Examsoft’s Reporting Tools; SofTest: The Student’s Perspective; Strategies for Team Taught Courses; Tracking Student Performance & Learning Outcomes via Categories; and many more workshop tailored to faculty’s needs here at the College.

The Office of Assessment will also be utilizing Blackboard tools to provide faculty with other interactive resources. Further communication will be provided once ready for faculty use.

Examsoft faculty users can expect their invitations to the Fall 2016 workshops shortly with specific time/location information. We hope to see you all there!

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Fall 2016 PA Assessment Workshop

The Office of Assessment (OA) presented its Assessment Workshop at the Physician Assistant’s Didactic Orientation on August 30th, 2016 where Dr. S. William Zito, Dean of Assessment, discussed the importance of Assessment at the College. The OA administered a Pre-Assessment Workshop survey to the incoming didactic students one week prior to the Assessment Workshop (receiving a 64% response rate) and its results were then shared with students.  Following the Assessment Workshop, a Post-Assessment Workshop Survey was sent out. After being open 5 days, the survey closed with a 35% response rate.  In summary, results of both surveys show that after the Assessment Workshop:

  • Students’ awareness of the assessment process in the College more than doubled from 41% to 92%
  • A higher percentage of students are willing to participate in assessment
  • 88% of students now know what the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) assessment plan is (compared to 28% in the Pre-Workshop Survey)
  • Almost 100% of respondents now know that the CPHS has an Assessment Office and a separate Assessment Committee
  • 92% of respondents agree that students are involved in improving the culture of assessment, compared to 54% in the Pre-Workshop survey

The Office of Assessment will continue promoting the Culture of Assessment by continuing to participate in future student orientations and in any other opportunities to share the importance of Assessment.

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