Case study: MarS

Clinical examination assessments simplified with MarS

Yvonne Whiteley – Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing

Challenge

Our assessment involved 408 BSc Hons Pre-Registration student nurses in their first year module, NU1101. The module is aimed at developing fundamental skills for nursing practice and the assessment is based on a clinical examination whereby students must demonstrate the fundamental key principles of hand washing and vital sign documentation as well as vital sign interpretation.

Solution

The use of MarS for this large cohort of students enabled lecturers to focus on the student activity being assessed as they were able to ‘tick’ or ‘cross’ the relevant box with ease and speed as the student demonstrated the required elements. No writing was necessary as the MarS assessment sheet was designed so that core elements not achieved were clearly visible so that any student could see on their feedback which element they were referred in. MarS has been extremely useful in providing this feedback for students; it’s clear to see where more practice is needed and which elements their examiner did not feel that they demonstrated to the required standard. This then serves to guide the student for further practice and enables them to re-focus for their re-assessment. MarS has been extremely useful in providing this feedback for students; it’s clear to see where more practice is needed and which elements their examiner did not feel that they demonstrated to the required standard. This then serves to guide the student for further practice and enables them to re-focus for their re-assessment.

Impact

The speed, efficiency and ease of using MarS has made the OSCE assessments for this module less onerous, less time consuming with an excellent turnaround time for student feedback. The OSCE examinations usually run for four days with such a large cohort. However, with the use of MarS these can now be reduced to three days. Feedback was uploaded and released five days after the OSCE’s completed instead of the usual fifteen day turnaround and lecturers/examiners were relieved of the typing up of feedback after the OSCE’s. This is a huge positive as all module team members were happy and each one embraced this new technology/new way of assessment.

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