Thesis Chapter 2

Item Management System
The Item Management System (IMSm) is a collaborative project led by the medical faculties of the Charité (Berlin), Heidelberg University, and the University of Munich.   Standardization and quality assurance of exam content, networking of established exam systems and platforms, and the subsequent reduction of costs are the key objectives of the project.
With IMSm, it is possible to save exam content in the form of long - or multiple menu questions, OSCE-, M2- and key feature items using a web interface to design and save information. By building an internal faculty and interdisciplinary exam compilation in the form of an item pool and a review network (Pre-review), the quality of the content and resources saved can be optimized. The questions can be stored in PDF format, by XML in an electronic verification system, or an exported scanners system. The exam results can then be evaluated with the help of the integrated test statistics (post review).
The Heidelberg University Hospital is implementing multiple computer rooms for the exams. There are 75 computers in the largest room. This allows for tests with up to 140 students in 2 rotations. To prevent academic dishonesty during an exam, sight prevention walls have been installed. The merging of several computer rooms allows for the examination of larger cohorts of students. This system not only offers the possibility of simple multiple-choice questions, but a more extensive examination of the students via use of complex question or audit types (long menu, key feature, etc.). The analysis is completely automated after the students submit their answers.   The subsequent statistical evaluation of the data provides long-term quality assurance of the exam content. Their services in this area include: Advice concerning the selection of questions or exam types, training of teachers, support for the input of exam content, support for introducing students to the examination system, implementation of...