DevSecCon: Security is for Everyone

Posted by Sergio Franco on 29-Nov-2018 16:11:29

Following our yearly tradition of sneaking out of the office for some quality, first-hand extra knowledge on the latest technology updates, we decided to focus on security this year. In line with the spirit brought upon us by GDPR, we chose DevSecCon. DevSecCon is the intersection of security and the Holy Grail that we for so long have been trying to achieve, a DevOps pipeline.

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Topics: datasecurity, security, devops, technology, software development, software engineer, devsecops

Seven Reasons to Store EPAs Digitally

Posted by Enda Griffin on 05-Oct-2018 16:30:53

Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) is changing the delivery and assessment of medical education in healthcare institutions around the world. CBME is outcome-based education, focusing on what is attained in terms of knowledge, skill, behaviour and attitude. This brings a wider focus to education, not just what is learned from the actual teaching process.

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are an effective measuring tool for these competencies. An EPA is a core unit of professional practice which can be entrusted to a trainee as soon as they have demonstrated the competence to conduct the task without supervision. Qpercom developed an EPA Management System, Entrust, to provide a digital solution for storing and managing EPAs. An accompanying work-based assessment app measures the trainee feedback, to complete the feedback loop between trainer and trainee. 

But what are the benefits of storing and accessing these EPAs digitally over paper?

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Topics: programming, computer science, digitalscoring, competency based education, dataprocessing, medical education, analysis, big data, electronic assessment, competency management system, competency frameworks, curriculum mapping, entrustable professional activities, EPAs, competency based assessment, cloud storage, student feedback, feedback, milestones, blueprinting

Qpercom 10th Birthday Special: €2,008 for 1 year

Posted by Deborah on 11-Jul-2018 13:44:35

 

 

In December 2018, Qpercom will be 10 years in operation. To celebrate we are offering a product licence for €2,008 for one year.

That's a fully supported, unlimited year of product use, for the price of a pilot. If you have been considering moving to digital assessment or trialling a new form of digital assessment, this offer is for you. If you run OSCEs, clinical assessment, MMIs, large-scale interviews or EPAs and competency based assessment, apply now for this limited offer and see how you can benefit. 

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Topics: New technology, eAssessment, entrustable professional activities, EPAs, competency based assessment, software development, curriculum mapping, birthday, anniversary, 10yearbirthday, specialoffer, clinicalassessment, multipleminiinterviews, digitalscoring

Memory Allocation in JavaScript — Eager vs Lazy Allocation Approach

Posted by José Silva on 19-Apr-2018 13:19:53

Memory allocation is the process of reserving complete or partial space (physically or virtual) on the computer to execute an application. The management of memory on a program if not handled in the right way can make the application slow or even stop working, and one of the reasons for that to happen is known in computer science as Memory Leak.

Memory leak occurs when the application allocates spaces in memory and does not releases it after it is used, then the application ends up running out of memory and crashing.

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Topics: software development, computer science, programming, web development, javascript

Data Security and Qpercom: GDPR 2018

Posted by Deborah on 30-Jan-2018 13:02:24

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in Europe on 25th May this year is a great opportunity to open new conversations on data security. 

 

To illustrate our approach to data security, we put together the infographic below to outline:

 what we do with data, what we do with our client's permission, and what we never do with data. 

 

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Topics: eAssessment, software development, datasecurity, GDPR2018, dataprotection, personaldata, dataprocessing, digitalscoring, datacontrollers, datacompliance, dataprivacy, digitalprivacy, dataencryption, databackup, datagovernance

Qpercom Entrust 4th Award Nomination: Entrustable Professional Activities Management Information System

Posted by Deborah on 15-Nov-2017 17:29:31

 

We are delighted to announce a medical education project by Qpercom and the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (CAI) has been shortlisted for a total of four industry awards in 2017 and 2018. The aim of the project was to design a technological framework to support implementation of a competency-based training and assessment system for post-graduate training within the CAI. The outcome was a Data Management System for Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs), with a mobile application for recording feedback in the clinical workplace.

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Topics: New technology, eAssessment, industryaward,, entrustable professional activities, EPAs, competency based assessment, competency based education, software development, curriculum mapping

Steps to Encourage Technological Acceptance

Posted by Deborah on 03-Oct-2017 12:33:34

Adopting new technologies requires a cultural shift. These shifts do not happen overnight; they take time, for users to experience a learning curve and gain confidence in the new system. Technology use may be inevitable, but it should be managed nonetheless. Research relating to the theory of technology acceptance is ongoing and inconclusive. It refers to concepts in consumer behaviour, the diffusion of innovations, psychology and many more. With more literature available on why and less on how to, we put together an infographic to assist organisations to plan for and encourage technology acceptance.  

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Topics: New technology, eAssessment, technology resistance,, technology acceptance,, theory of technology acceptance

Qpercom in Ronald Harden's 'Definitive Guide to the OSCE'

Posted by Enda Griffin on 20-Sep-2017 13:58:34

Dissemination of research findings often takes a long time. However, we are very pleased our research was noticed and published in Ronald Harden's 'Definitive Guide to the OSCE', an important book for those working in the field of medical education (page 147 (ISBN: 978-0-7020-5550-8)). 

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Topics: eAssessment, clinical assessment, osces, objective structured clinical examinations, communication skills, medical education, medical education research, ronald harden

Getting Out of the Office: Continuous Integration, Continuous Learning

Posted by Enda Phelan on 08-Sep-2017 13:00:15

The most typical place you will find a software developer on a normal day is at their desk, working hard and turning coffee into code. Its important to remember to get out of the office and add variety to our work environment. It brings new ideas, learnings and shared experiences that will ultimately bring a team closer. Last year we visited ng-europe and this year our conference of choice was ShipItCon.

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Topics: continuous integration, continuous learning, upskilling, software engineer, tech skills, tech conferences, shipitcon, software developer

Paper is Patient: Recognising Technology Resistance

Posted by Deborah on 09-Aug-2017 18:16:38

 

In her diary published in 1947, Annelies Marie Frank remarked; paper is patient. It doesn’t hurry, judge, or criticise. In the world of assessment, rounds of exams and corrections generate thousands of paper forms. Paper may be readily available but it introduces a range of potential errors, draining time and financial resources. Introducing efficiencies and new learning tools can seem like a means of simply taking up more time. In reality, eassessment, emarking and digital scoring technologies significantly increase reliability and validity. In Marketing, the Diffusion of Innovation was developed to illustrate how ideas and new technologies spread in societies. The two most innovative categories are the quickest to adopt a new idea, and represent only 16% of the population collectively. How do we help the remaining 84% to adopt new technologies in a similar time frame?

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Topics: New technology, eAssessment, technology resistance,

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