Master Educator Series: Assessment Writing and Analysis 3.0

Author Bio:   Melissa Alexander is a medical educator with strong foundations in Emergency Medical Services. She became involved in EMS in 1982, working as a paramedic in both rural and urban prehospital settings, as well as working in both community hospital emergency departments and a Level I trauma center. Her passion for both

excellent patient care and the science behind it led her to complete a B.A. in Community Health Education from Purdue University while working as a paramedic. She became an EMS educator in 1991 and subsequently completed a M.S. in Health Sciences Education from Indiana University, and an Ed.D. in Human Resources Development, with a cognate in Adult Learning, from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Alexander’s research interests include clinical reasoning processes and the psychometrics of assessment instruments.

Dr. Alexander has taught students at all levels of EMS in a variety of program settings and enjoys keeping in touch with the many students she has taught over the years. She has had faculty appointments in three academic EMS programs and served as the EMS Academy Director at the University of New Mexico. She is an EMS textbook author and contributor, and has designed and contributed to numerous test banks, and student and instructor educational programs and support materials. Different aspects of Dr. Alexander’s teaching have taken her from the U.S. Midwest to the East Coast, and the Desert Southwest, as well as to the Middle East, where she has consulted for many years with the Sultanate of Oman Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance. She currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is faculty in the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Alexander serves there as the Director of Student Assessment in the Dean’s Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs.

Course Description:

Successful completion of this course will improve your ability to develop valid assessments of student learning. The use of valid tests to assess students’ achievement of course learning outcomes is critical for all education programs. Validity is the degree to which any measurement instrument, including assessments of learning, truly measures what it is intended to measure. You will learn how to increase assessment validity by blueprinting tests to learning outcomes and applying principles of educational measurement to the design of test items. You also will learn basic statistical analysis of test outcomes and how to and to use the results of exam analysis to make decisions about the performance of exams and exam items.  Each course will require 2-4 hours to complete.

Course Objectives:


● Describe key themes and concepts that provide the framework for educational measurement.

● Apply basic principles of student assessment to test and test item construction.

● Analyze the psychometric performance of tests and test items at a basic level.

● Interpret the results of test analysis in making decisions about the performance of tests and test items.


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