Effectiveness of Integrating Test-Enhanced Learning into a BSN Foundations of Nursing Class: A Pilot Project

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602929
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Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Effectiveness of Integrating Test-Enhanced Learning into a BSN Foundations of Nursing Class: A Pilot Project
Other Titles:
Competencies in Undergraduate Nursing Programs [Session]
Author(s):
Marek, Greta I.; Dower, Laura; Dower, Laura
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Epsilon Sigma-at-Large
Author Details:
Greta I. Marek, RN, CNE, marekg@etsu.edu; Laura Dower, RN, FNP, CNE
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot project designed to assist student learning by incorporating weekly post-lecture quizzes intended to increase the spacing time of studying.  Numerous studies have reported the positive effect that test-enhanced learning (TEL) has on the long-term retention of information, or what is known as the testing effect , and that it is an effective teaching/learning strategy. We hypothesized that weekly quizzes would increase the frequency and time that a student spent studying lecture material and that the result would be better long-term retention of information and increased grades. Using a pretest-posttest study design, we used three retrospective sets of data from second semester baccalaureate nursing students for fall 2013 (n = 75) and spring 2014 (n = 105). Data gathered included: the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Registered Nurse Content Mastery Exam for Fundamentals; the number of students with a grade of <75 prior to the final exam; and the number of students that failed the course. Standard teaching/learning strategies were used fall 2013 (pretest group), while TEL was implemented in spring 2014 (posttest group). For the pretest group’s ATI scores, there were 6 (6%) Level 3, 61 (58%) Level 2, 13 (17%) Level 1, and 1 (<1%) below Level 1. For the posttest group’s ATI scores, there were 18 (23%) Level 3, 46 (59%) Level 2, 13 (17%) Level 1, and no students below Level 1. There were 52 (50%) students with a grade <75 before the final exam in the pretest group, and 6 (8%) students in the posttest group.  A total of 6 (6%) students failed the course in the pretest group, compared to 5 (6%) in the posttest group. The findings indicate that TEL is an effective teaching/learning strategy that had a positive impact on the retention of course material. Limitations include that the study was not randomized, used a small sample size, was conducted at a single institution, and in a single course. Additional research is needed to determine the effectiveness of TEL in other settings and courses.
Keywords:
Testing; Nursing; Learning
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15A07
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.type.categoryFull-texten
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dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleEffectiveness of Integrating Test-Enhanced Learning into a BSN Foundations of Nursing Class: A Pilot Projecten
dc.title.alternativeCompetencies in Undergraduate Nursing Programs [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorMarek, Greta I.en
dc.contributor.authorDower, Lauraen
dc.contributor.authorDower, Lauraen
dc.contributor.departmentEpsilon Sigma-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsGreta I. Marek, RN, CNE, marekg@etsu.edu; Laura Dower, RN, FNP, CNEen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602929en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot project designed to assist student learning by incorporating weekly post-lecture quizzes intended to increase the spacing time of studying.  Numerous studies have reported the positive effect that test-enhanced learning (TEL) has on the long-term retention of information, or what is known as the testing effect , and that it is an effective teaching/learning strategy. We hypothesized that weekly quizzes would increase the frequency and time that a student spent studying lecture material and that the result would be better long-term retention of information and increased grades. Using a pretest-posttest study design, we used three retrospective sets of data from second semester baccalaureate nursing students for fall 2013 (n = 75) and spring 2014 (n = 105). Data gathered included: the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Registered Nurse Content Mastery Exam for Fundamentals; the number of students with a grade of <75 prior to the final exam; and the number of students that failed the course. Standard teaching/learning strategies were used fall 2013 (pretest group), while TEL was implemented in spring 2014 (posttest group). For the pretest group’s ATI scores, there were 6 (6%) Level 3, 61 (58%) Level 2, 13 (17%) Level 1, and 1 (<1%) below Level 1. For the posttest group’s ATI scores, there were 18 (23%) Level 3, 46 (59%) Level 2, 13 (17%) Level 1, and no students below Level 1. There were 52 (50%) students with a grade <75 before the final exam in the pretest group, and 6 (8%) students in the posttest group.  A total of 6 (6%) students failed the course in the pretest group, compared to 5 (6%) in the posttest group. The findings indicate that TEL is an effective teaching/learning strategy that had a positive impact on the retention of course material. Limitations include that the study was not randomized, used a small sample size, was conducted at a single institution, and in a single course. Additional research is needed to determine the effectiveness of TEL in other settings and courses.en
dc.subjectTestingen
dc.subjectNursingen
dc.subjectLearningen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:39:41Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:39:41Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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