Flexible electronic feedback using the virtues of progress testing

Arno M. M. Muijtjens*, Ilske Timmermans, Jeroen Donkers, Robert Peperkamp, Harro Medema, Janke Cohen-Schotanus, Arnold Thoben, Arnold C. G. Wenink, Cees P. M. Van der Vleuten

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The potential richness of the feedback for learners and teachers is one of the educational advantages of progress tests (PTs). Every test administration yields information on a student's knowledge level in each sub-domain of the test (cross-sectional information), and it adds a next point to the corresponding knowledge growth curve (longitudinal information). Traditional paper-based feedback has severe limitations and requires considerable effort from the learners to give meaning to the data. We reasoned that the PT data should be flexibly accessible in all pathways and with any available comparison data, according to the personal interest of the learner. For that purpose, a web-based tool (Progress test Feedback, the ProF system) was developed. This article presents the principles and features of the generated feedback and shows how it can be used. In addition to enhancement of the feedback, the ProF database of longitudinal PT-data also provides new opportunities for research on knowledge growth, and these are currently being explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-495
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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