The Use of a Dedicated Platform to Evaluate Health-Professions University Courses
The aim of the current study is to discuss a national platform for evaluating nursing education in Italy by means of a progress test and to compare digital versus paper administration of the test. In 2016, the agency updated the research design, including the domains, the methodological approach, and the tests for both Transversal Competencies (TECO-T) and Disciplinary Competencies (TECO-D). The TECO project aims to construct indicators that reflect the skills developed from the first through the third year of the university degree. For the digital study, 8516 students at 19 Italian university universities were recruited; 5975 students of degree courses in nursing took the electronic TECO, and 4326 used the paper format. Asked to evaluate their satisfaction in completing the TECO, the students found it simple, clear, and understandable, but reported difficulty in answering questions due to a lack of practicality in the paper test. The project encourages the development of shared core disciplinary contents and their compatibility with the Dublin Descriptors; allows the development of disciplinary tests (TECO-D) whose results can be used for self-assessment and inter- and intra-university comparisons; and ensures centralized management of the collection of data.
KeywordsProgress test Platform Health professions
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