Intellistem Writer - 2018 NLN Conference - Ruth Eckenstein

I was excited to attend the NLN Education Summit 2018 last week in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency. There were over 1200 fellow nurse educators and administrators there all excited to learn more about nursing education and nursing trends. There were plenty of opportunities to learn with over 80 talks and 100 poster sessions.

I was honored to be selected to present a session on Thursday morning, “EZ Test Writer – Use of Technology to Develop Tests More Quickly while Meeting Testing Standards.” This session highlighted our innovative technology method of developing test items using a standardized set of stems. Each stem is associated with testing and curriculum standards such as the AACN Essentials, NLN End of Program standards, NCLEX-Client Needs test blueprints, QSEN Competencies, and the nursing process as well as a predetermined level of Blooms’ to aid in meeting the course’s test blueprints and objectives. Upon completion of the session, the attendees were able to:

  • verbalize the rules of item development.
  • distinguish the testing and curriculum standards often used when building a test for a nursing program.
  • discuss the levels of Blooms when developing each test item.
  • outline how course objectives and test blueprints are used for test development.

There were many great questions about item writing and especially coming up with distractors. Check this blog later as I plan to devote a future blog article to that topic.

Additionally, Ed our CIO and I, had a booth where we demonstrated both our Intellistem Writer Box Edition and our innovative online application than enables nurse educators to develop exam questions using pre-written stems in 15 minutes or less. As I mentioned above, each stem is aligned to national standards including the cognitive levels and the nursing process.

We saw an overwhelmingly positive response to my presentation and new products. If you have questions about my presentation or our Intellistem Writer products, please contact me.