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

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, javascript, programming, computer science, web development

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, dataprotection, dataprocessing, datacontrollers, dataprivacy, digitalprivacy, datagovernance, GDPR2018, personaldata, digitalscoring, datacompliance, dataencryption, databackup

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, software development, competency based assessment, EPAs, entrustable professional activities, curriculum mapping, industryaward,, competency based education

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, medical education research, communication skills, medical education, 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: upskilling, shipitcon, continuous integration, continuous learning, software engineer, tech skills, tech conferences, 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,

Implementing Competency Frameworks in Qpercom Observe

Posted by Enda Griffin on 27-Jun-2016 14:00:00

When Qpercom developed it's unique Observational Management Information System (formerly OMIS, now Observe) in 2007, it very much used a ‘bottom up’ procedure. This is analogous to how module coordinators and exam administrators developed their assessment stations according to the so called ‘check list approach’. This approach is very much focused on ticking the boxes of an item list similar to the lower technology (paper) forms that were used in those days.

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Topics: eAssessment, clinical assessment, competency based assessment, evidence based training, curriculum mapping, competency frameworks, qpercom observe feature, competency management system, qpercom observe, osces

What's in a Name?

Posted by Deborah on 06-Jun-2016 12:45:00

Qpercom.

For some, it does not roll off the tongue upon first hearing it.  We have received many a phone call in the office for 'Qwerpercom'.  To set the record straight, here’s how it goes:

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Topics: eAssessment, software development, clinical assessment, competency based assessment, evidence based training, branding, quality performance competency, EPAs, entrustable professional activities

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