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  1. Moodle Users Association
  2. MUA-37

Providing a Script Concordance Tests tool, #MUAProject



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      As some of you may know, the evolution in medical pedagogy led to the conception, and a growing use, of new types of evaluation and training : "Script Concordance Tests" and an equivalent tool for training.

      This subject is huge, and my summary will be quite short :

      Based on the Clinical Reasoning Process and the Script Theory, this relatively new kind of test considers one of the main characteristic that clinicians encounter in daily practice : uncertainty.


      The structure of the test is to propose a clinical situation, an hypothesis, a new information ; and evaluate the ability of the student to modify his representation of the problem considering the new information by voting on a Likert scale.

      But in complex cases, it is hard to define a "true" or "false" answers ; and the idea of SCTs is to compare the results to a panel of experts who also pass the test. The answers of the experts are then used to calibrate the score of the students.


      There is, then, no "right" or "wrong" answers, but... "rather good" or "rather false". Because even experts can have different answers, the students have the maximum score when they answer like the majority of experts, and a rate of the note when they answer like some experts, but not the majority.


      I won't explain more about this, and you can go further by checking this page : https://www.cpass.umontreal.ca/recherche/groupe-de-recherche-cpass/axes-de-recherches/concordance/sct/

      and also this bibliography : https://www.cpass.umontreal.ca/recherche/groupe-de-recherche-cpass/axes-de-recherches/concordance/tcs/bibliographie_tcs_fpc/

      (as you can see, the main developer of this kind of tests is B.Charlin, a French PhD now working in Montreal, Canada... So this bibliography is in french ; but i found no other website who compilates such a good bibliography on this subject...)


      This kind of test is more and more popular on medical field. It could also be used in different fields involving the ability of reasoning in complex situations (I don't know ; economy, politic, etc...) ; but for now the main users are medicine universities.

      And, as teacher in french physiotherapy school, my colleagues and I look for a technical solution for these tests. Because, yes, the technical tool is fundamental to use these solutions. Our goal is to promote the use of these tests and training systems, pedagogically very efficients, in french physiotherapy schools.

      I personally value a lot the open source logic (working on Linux / Firefox, promoting free softwares and Creative Commons), and as far as i know (and i searched a lot !) only commercial solutions are available (Theia, for example).


      Moodle could, then, provide a good, free and open source, solution for this area of pedagogy.


      I worked a lot on the conception of technical solutions, and i can give time for this project.


      Technically, it is "just" a questionnaire with a "rich" static presentation of the question, an horizontal scale with 5 items (-2 to 2, including 0) and the answers of the students are not rewarded by 1 or 0 scores but a note from 0 to 1, calculated using the experts responses.


      I hope this subject will interest you, and i'm available for different questions.


      P.S : it is my first submission ; please excuse possible mistakes or unappropriate writing style.




            dougiamas Martin Dougiamas
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