TAO Open-Source Assessment Case Study
Project

MedU

ASSESSMENT & EDUCATION - TAO Online Test Delivery System

The Challenge

MedU needed an online test delivery system to connect to its virtual course work – essentially, a technology-based alternative to paper-and-pencil assessments. However, as a small, nonprofit organization they sought a system that also was cost effective. Breakthrough Technologies implemented a TAO open-source solution – effective, timely and on budget – that drew rave reviews from the organization.

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“On time, on budget!” Musical words both to client and provider. And it was a tune MedU sang about a new online test delivery system for their medical courses – a system developed by Breakthrough Technologies. Needed was an online test delivery system to connect to MedU courses – essentially, a technology-based alternative to paper-and-pencil assessments. However, as a small, non-profit organization MedU sought a system that also was cost effective.

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In addition to being a system that fit their needs and budget, the product that we developed using TAO was one that MedU could host themselves. BT created and set up the MedU online testing platform, then trained them on the TAO system.
Kate O’Connor, Solutions Lead

The Solution

With the mission of advancing medical education through collaborative development, maintenance, and research of innovative and comprehensive computer-assisted instruction programs, the non-profit MedU offers courses designed to provide comprehensive coverage of nationally accepted curricula to ensure the highest impact and value to medical schools, educators and students. The foundation of MedU’s success is their ongoing collaborations with leading medical educators’ organizations and their membership.

“That was why MedU approached us about implementing a TAO open-source solution for them,” says Kate O’Connor, BT Solutions Lead.  

“In addition to being a system that fit their needs and budget, the product that we developed using TAO was one that MedU could host themselves. BT created and set up the MedU online testing platform, then trained them on the TAO system.”

The project also faced the crucial challenge of a relatively short development timeline, but the BT Team met that deadline with room to spare. Following User Acceptance Testing, MedU demonstrated the project internally to rave reviews, complementing BTon the “high level of engagement, materials flow, and transparency.”

When launched, the new online program will cover six MedU courses which serve approximately 10,000 students annually. Each test averages about 100 items, or questions, per test.  BT also customized the system’s user interface to reflect the look and feel of MedU’s online presence, thus enhancing the MedU brand.

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