First, the good news: Learning Management Systems (LMS) are improving exponentially to keep pace with increasing demand. It’s no surprise that, in the training industry, technology use overall was up in 2017, compared to the prior year. But did you know that the most commonly used technology was – you guessed it! – learning management systems? LMS use increased from 74% in 2016 to 86% percent in 2017. That’s an increase of 12%! Now for the bad news: with improved quality and functionality come more features (which is NOT the bad news part). The bad news is that means you have to learn about and understand all those new features and the acronyms, lingo, and intimidating terminology that come with them.
Standardized tests are created to be psychometrically strong. Psychometrics is the discipline concerned with constructing assessment tools, measurement instruments, and formalized testing models. Many tests are composed solely of multiple choice questions. MCTs allow efficient coverage of a great deal of information and the tests can be written to assess various learning outcomes – from basic recall to data evaluation. However, there are limits to the types of knowledge that can be tested with MCTs. For example, MCTs are not a strong choice for evaluating someone’s ability to organize thoughts or articulate ideas, both of which are key in Medical Affairs. This blog posts talks about how to write a good stem for a multiple choice test.