New innovators: Qpercom – dragging exam assessment out of the dark ages

NUI Galway academic has developed a fairer and more accurate of assessing medical students

Thomas Kropmans: “We are improving the overall quality of the exams and helping to ensure better and more highly qualified doctors.”

Thomas Kropmans: “We are improving the overall quality of the exams and helping to ensure better and more highly qualified doctors.”

When Thomas Kropmans was a schoolboy he put a huge amount of effort into an assignment and was completely crestfallen when he failed.

Feeling fundamentally wronged by the system he took his work to another teacher for a second opinion. He passed with flying colours. “From that moment onward, I knew that assessment is, in principle, unfair and the decisions around it could benefit from serious improvement,” he says.

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