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Contributor:Jane M. Souza, Ph.D.
Administrative/Academic Title:Assistant Dean of Assessment
Institution:St John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Other Contributors:Jennifer L. Mathews, Ph.D. - Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy David J. Hutchinson, PharmD, BCPS, Practice Faculty St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Title:Embedded Assessment Using Multi-Level Coded Exam Questions
Tool/Process Description:
The numbering system provided was developed in order to code all exam questions for the purpose of tracking embedded assessments. After much discussion and review with our Assessment Committee, Curriculum Committee and the full faculty body, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy elected to pursue documentation of embedded assessment of ACPE guidelines at the course level rather than implement an annual exam. To that end, we needed to create a numbering system to code exam questions at multiple levels including, ACPE Appendix B, Appendix D, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and System (i.e. cardiovascular, psychiatric, dermatology, etc...) Once all exam questions have been coded, the school will have a map of the density of coverage of the ACPE identified topics as well as the Bloom’s level at which they are covered. Furthermore, after the system has been in place for a few years, we will have longitudinal evidence of student performance on each of these topics. We will have accomplished this without adding any additional exams for the students. We plan to post the results in the AAMS system as evidence of student learning. It is our hope that by sharing the coding system we developed, it could be adopted by other schools using the software provider we chose (ExamSoft) or any other tool. With a common language in place, we could ultimately share outcomes, strategies, and even exams questions across campuses interested in partnering with us in this way. The Wegmans School of Pharmacy is just piloting implementation of this approach to embedded assessment during spring 2012. Full implementation is planned for fall 2012. While we are in the very early stages of this program, we thought it important to share our coding schema now since other schools of pharmacy might also be working on coding schemas for ExamSoft or other software programs. If we could find other campuses interested in adopting the codes we developed, we would have a shared language for much future collaboration.

Tool/Process Details:

Length of use:<1 year
Requirements:The coding system provided here can we used by any institution interested in tracking coverage of ACPE guidelines in Appendix B and Appendix D. It is also suggested for coverage of system topics as well as Bloom&#39;s Taxonomy.
Adapted From:
American Council for Pharmacy Education 2011 Guidelines
Wegmans School of Pharmacy Embedded Assessment Coding System
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