Introducing: Firecracker Classroom

Posted by Marsha Gelber on Aug 25, 2020 7:51:12 PM

Firecracker Classroom is a powerful way for instructors to assess and stay connected to their students virtually or physically, as they learn course material.

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New Functionality on Faculty Dashboard: Item Analysis

Posted by Marsha Gelber on Aug 24, 2020 6:00:06 PM

Firecracker has added a new set of data to help faculty better evaluate the quality of the custom quizzes that they create with us for formative exams. With Item Analysis, faculty can access data such as Difficulty Index, Point Biserial, and Discrimination Index among other data to evaluate each question in a quiz, and the quiz as a whole.

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Let Firecracker PA prepare your PA students for end of rotation exams!

Posted by Marsha Gelber on May 7, 2020 4:54:03 PM

Brought to you by the trusted authors at Lippincott, Firecracker has just launched new exams to help your students prepare for the end of their rotations. Seven new practice exams are now available: 

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Posted by Marsha Gelber on Mar 19, 2020 11:39:22 AM

At Wolters Kluwer we understand the unique challenges colleges and universities are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and want to support our customers as they move to a remote online learning environment. To help you make this transition, we are offering academic institutions complimentary access to a selection of products for the next sixty days.

Our customer support and training teams are ready to help your faculty and students get started. To receive access, click on the link below to "Request Access" and complete a brief request form. A member of our Ovid Customer Support team will contact you directly to begin the setup process.

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Two Content Powerhouses Unite

Posted by Marsha Gelber on Dec 17, 2019 3:40:39 PM
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Topics: Citations

At Risk Analysis & Remediation updates to our Faculty Dashboard

Posted by Joana Murphy on Dec 20, 2017 4:55:09 PM

With the holiday spirit in mind, we wanted to let everyone know of a large update to Firecracker’s Faculty Dashboard, allowing you and the rest of your school’s Faculty to get a much more accurate and in depth look at how your students are tracking in terms of their board preparedness.

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Topics: USMLE, COMLEX, Institution Dashboard

Understanding depth of knowledge and cognitive complexity

Posted by Nate Green on Dec 5, 2017 10:45:38 AM

We've built a highly-attributed database of high-quality content that is served up to students at massive scale. Part of managing a platform of this size, with tens of thousands of questions answered over 300M times, is deeply understanding not just our subject matter focus but also our ability to assess depth of knowledge and cognitive complexity. 

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Topics: blooms, webb, depth-of-knowledge

Supporting AAMC's Curriculum Inventory

Posted by Ilya Kaplun on Nov 20, 2017 3:09:36 PM

Firecracker is committed to working with our institutional partners to ensure their submission of the Curriculum Inventory (CI) meets the AAMC guidelines and business rules for the inventory structure and competency framework. Our focus is to accurately represent curricular data and student activity on our platform using the appropriate curriculum structure rules and standardized vocabulary.

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Topics: AAMC, Curriculum

Aligning core preclinical curricula with Step 1 curriculum

Posted by Mike Conner on Nov 14, 2017 1:11:03 PM

Academic Medicine, the journal of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) published an article titled "Study Behaviors and USMLE Step 1 Performance: Implications of a Student Self-Directed Parallel Curriculum", which you can read online on the Academic Medicine website or download a copy here.

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Firecracker for Course Support: How we align our Review Topics to your Learning Objectives & Recommend Items for your Formative Quizzes and Summative Tests

Posted by David Guertin on Nov 3, 2017 2:23:54 PM

One of Firecracker’s main goals in partnering with an institution is to support faculty in two areas:

1) Guiding student self-study

2) Generating integrated assessments of, and for learning

Firecracker’s content experts and our Academic Operations team work with faculty to align Firecracker's topics and questions to Faculty learning objectives. The result is a course companion comprised of supportive topic summaries, review questions (e.g. flashcards, simple MCQs), and board-style practice questions. Questions can then be packaged into quizzes and tests depending on what, how, and when faculty and administrators want to assess their students.

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Topics: Faculty

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