WOW! One BILLION questions answered! I can remember the day I first started using PrepU with my students in 2010 with the dream that students would become better learners and eventually competent registered nurses. I am a firm believer that when students make the conscious decision to learn, when they actually choose to be learners, the sky is the limit as an educator. Creating a learning environment that promotes a sense of safety for discovery and remediation, is exactly what I was looking for as an innovative educator. Therefore, I find it my duty to recommend the best tools to assist them in their choice to be a learner, so that they are better able to draw connections, critique data, or formulate new approaches in the care of their patients.
So, why adaptive quizzing? Our national examination (NCLEX®) to determine entry-level competence for new nursing graduates is adaptive, so it makes sense to me to use a similar approach to enhancing better student outcomes while they are learning. In addition to wanting a formative assessment tool that was adaptive, I also wanted to make sure that the product that was chosen to perform this task, was reliable. Psychometrically speaking (say that three times), the calibration procedures in place for adaptive quizzing are extremely important in providing reliable estimations of the quiz-taker (Kingsbury, 2000). With that said, I do not have to be a statistician to know that having one billion questions answered from actual nursing students, while using an appropriate difficulty algorithm, is proof enough that PrepU is a reliable formative tool to provide to students. When you have that many students taking that many questions, it must make PrepU a TRULY adaptive product because the guess-work has been eliminated. I know from experience that this product only continues to improve as more and more students quiz themselves to identify their strengths and weaknesses throughout their own individualized learning process. Isn’t that what we want to provide for our students—a unique learning experience tailored to their own learning styles and needs? What better way can you accomplish that for every single student in your class then by integrating PrepU as part of the learning process in your course.
The bottom-line—adaptive-quizzing with PrepU allows the educator to have self-directed learners prepared to tackle an innovative classroom that focuses on the application of new knowledge, rather than regurgitating already mastered content.