Transitioning To Online Testing: Trials, Tribulations & Triumphs

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308535
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Transitioning To Online Testing: Trials, Tribulations & Triumphs
Author(s):
Marek, Greta I.; Coffey, Scott B; Wilk, Adrienne D.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Pi Upsilon
Author Details:
Greta I. Marek, DNP, RN, CNE, gmarek@tnstate.edu; Scott B Coffey, MSN, FNP-BC; Adrienne D. Wilk, BSN, RN
Abstract:

Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013

Faculty introduced computer-based testing in a first-year Associate Degree Nursing program in an effort to transition away from traditional testing formats.  The impetus was to challenge students’ critical thinking skills and clinical application, test at application and higher, incorporate alternative test items, and save money and supplies. The aim of this project was to use innovative testing strategies, increase the utilization of resources, educate faculty regarding online testing formats, meet student expectations for immediate test feedback, and address digital cheating through enhanced online test security and testing policies. Faculty first introduced computer-based testing spring 2012 for quizzes only in an effort to familiarize both faculty and students with online formatting. Fall 2012 and spring 2013 included both exams and quizzes given via computers in the Respondus Lockdown Browser. Timed quizzes are taken outside of class, while tests are proctored by faculty. Computer-based testing can allow faculty time to be streamlined (Caudle, Bigness, Daniels, Gilmore-Kahn, & Knestrick, 2011), while faculty attitudes regarding computer-based testing can create potential challenges (Carr, 2011). Increased student anxiety (Firth, Sewell, & Clark, 2008) regarding a change in testing format must be addressed prior to initiating, and administrative support and faculty buy-in are essential. Alternative test items were found to be a challenge for many students, but with guidance from faculty, well worth the transition. Planning for ways to prevent digital cheating (Boykins, & Gilmore, 2012; Harmon, Lambrinos, & Kennedy, 2008), ensure IT support during tests (Smith, Passmore, & Faught, 2009), emphasizing the importance of ethical professional conduct, as well as establishing penalties for cheating are essential. Computer-based testing is becoming an integral aspect of higher education; providing exposure so that students can become more adept at online testing is a positive motivator for pedagogical change (Vilchez, & Thirunarayanan, 2011).
Keywords:
alternative test format; student anxiety; Computer-based testing
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTransitioning To Online Testing: Trials, Tribulations & Triumphsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMarek, Greta I.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorCoffey, Scott Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorWilk, Adrienne D.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentPi Upsilonen_GB
dc.author.detailsGreta I. Marek, DNP, RN, CNE, gmarek@tnstate.edu; Scott B Coffey, MSN, FNP-BC; Adrienne D. Wilk, BSN, RNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308535-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013</p>Faculty introduced computer-based testing in a first-year Associate Degree Nursing program in an effort to transition away from traditional testing formats.  The impetus was to challenge students’ critical thinking skills and clinical application, test at application and higher, incorporate alternative test items, and save money and supplies. The aim of this project was to use innovative testing strategies, increase the utilization of resources, educate faculty regarding online testing formats, meet student expectations for immediate test feedback, and address digital cheating through enhanced online test security and testing policies.<b> </b>Faculty first introduced computer-based testing spring 2012 for quizzes only in an effort to familiarize both faculty and students with online formatting. Fall 2012 and spring 2013 included both exams and quizzes given via computers in the Respondus Lockdown Browser. Timed quizzes are taken outside of class, while tests are proctored by faculty. Computer-based testing can allow faculty time to be streamlined (Caudle, Bigness, Daniels, Gilmore-Kahn, & Knestrick, 2011), while faculty attitudes regarding computer-based testing can create potential challenges (Carr, 2011). Increased student anxiety (Firth, Sewell, & Clark, 2008) regarding a change in testing format must be addressed prior to initiating, and administrative support and faculty buy-in are essential. Alternative test items were found to be a challenge for many students, but with guidance from faculty, well worth the transition. Planning for ways to prevent digital cheating (Boykins, & Gilmore, 2012; Harmon, Lambrinos, & Kennedy, 2008), ensure IT support during tests (Smith, Passmore, & Faught, 2009), emphasizing the importance of ethical professional conduct, as well as establishing penalties for cheating are essential. Computer-based testing is becoming an integral aspect of higher education; providing exposure so that students can become more adept at online testing is a positive motivator for pedagogical change (Vilchez, & Thirunarayanan, 2011). <b></b>en_GB
dc.subjectalternative test formaten_GB
dc.subjectstudent anxietyen_GB
dc.subjectComputer-based testingen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:32:36Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:32:36Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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