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Title: Good exams made easy: The item management system for multiple examination formats
Author(s): Hochlehnert, Achim; Brass, Konstantin; Möltner, Andreas; Schultz, Jobst-Hendrik; Norcini, John; Tekian, Ara; Jünger, Jana
Subject(s): Assessment alliance Quality control
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The development, implementation and evaluation of assessments require considerable resources and often cannot be carried out by a single faculty/institution. Therefore some medical faculties have founded cooperation projects which mainly focus on the exchange of multiple choice questions (MCQs). METHODS: Since these cooperation projects do not entirely support all relevant processes in terms of preparation, implementation and evaluation of assessment, in 2006 the Medical Assessment Alliance (MAA) was founded for mutual support. In addition to MCQs the MAA started to develop innovative assessment formats and facilitate content through a coordinated exchange of experiences. To support cooperation within this network, the web-based Item Management System (IMS) was developed which supports all processes of the assessment workflow as an all-in-one working platform. RESULTS: At present, the Alliance has 28 partner faculties in Europe. More than 2.800 users in 750 working groups are collaborating. Currently 90.000 questions have been stored in the IMS. Since 2007, nearly 4.600 examinations have been successfully conducted. CONCLUSION: This article describes in detail the unique features of the IMS and contrasts it with the item management systems of other associations.
Issue Date: 2012-08
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation Info: Hochlehnert A, Brass K, Möltner A, Schultz JH, Norcini J, Tekian A, Jünger J. Good exams made easy: The item management system for multiple examination formats. BMC Medical Education. 2012 Aug 2;12:63. 2:63
Type: Article
Description: © 2012 Hochlehnert et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly. 2:63
ISSN: 1472-6920
Sponsor: The development of the Item Management System was supported financially by the Ministry of Science and Arts, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has funded a five-year project starting 2012 to develop competency-based examination formats and generate content.
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-11-05

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