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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of open book exams (OBE) in the education of imaging students and to assess the beliefs and perceptions of the students in regard to the use of open book testing.

Subjects & Methods: Study participants included twenty-seven sonography students enrolled in an academic health sciences center. OBE was implemented in two ultrasound physics courses. Data was collected through focus groups & exam outcomes. Creswell’s procedure for data analysis & representation was followed.

Results: Overall outcomes showed no statistically significant difference between exam grades for the different cohorts with the exception of one exam. A 100% pass rate on the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography’s (ARDMS) Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) exam was noted for all groups. For the majority of students, exam tension & stress was not reduced on the first exam, but was reduced for the remainder of the exams. Overall, students had a positive perception of OBE.

Conclusion: Study findings support open book testing data reported in the literature. Although there was no effect on exam grades, the reduction in anxiety and stress supports the continued use of open book testing in the sonography curriculum.

Publication Date

7-12-2018

Disciplines

Radiation Medicine | Radiology

Open Book Testing in Health Science Education: Student Perceptions and Outcomes in Ultrasound Physics

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