Ms Jo Cockerill
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Ms Jo Cockerill

Assessment Psychometrician

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)

Role

I joined the Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Psychometrics Team in 2015 as an assessment psychometrician, following a number of administrative roles with the Medical School from 2004. In this role I contribute to providing rigorous and evidence-informed psychometric/statistical analysis and support for the evaluation and quality assurance of assessment data across the a number of faculty programmes. Analysing assessment data, applying standard setting methods, producing reports and supporting supporting research are all key parts of my current role.

Research interests

Anything related to assessment data generated from medical and dental programme assessments, including the challenge of achieving an acceptable level of reliability in ISCE assessments.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

Ali, K., Cockerill, J., Zahra, D., Tredwin, C., & Ferguson, C. (2018) Impact of progress testing on the learning experiences of students in medicine, dentistry, and dental therapy. BMC Medical Education. 18. 253.

Ali, K., Cockerill, J., Zahra, D., Qazi, H.S., Raja, U., & Ataullah, K. (2018) Self-perceived Preparedness of Final Year Dental Students in a Developing Country - A multi-institution Study. European Journal of Dental Education. 22(4) e745-e750.

Zahra, D., Robinson, I.M., Roberts, M.J., Coombes, L., Cockerill, J., & Burr, S.A (2017) Rigour in moderation processes is more important than the choice of method. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 42(7) 1159-1167.

Conference Papers

Ali, K., Cockerill, J., Zahra, D. & Ferguson, C. (2018) Do students on different programmes use different resources to prepare for the Progress Test? Presented at the EBMA Looking Ahead in Progress Testing Conference, 22 June, Exeter, UK.

Zahra, D. & Cockerill, J. (2018) Understanding Standard Setting. Workshop provided at the Academy of Medical Educators 'Applied Principles of Assessment in Clinical and Healthcare Education (APACHE)' event, 3-4 July, Cardiff Medical School, UK.

Cockerill, J. & Zahra, D. (2018) Developing a Robust Post-test Process. Workshop provided at the Academy of Medical Educators ‘Applied Principles of Assessment in Clinical and Healthcare Education (APACHE)' event, 3-4 July, Cardiff Medical School, UK.

Cockerill, J., Roberts, M.J., Gabe-Thomas, E., & Zahra, D. (2017) Exploring the use of item statistics based on negatively marked scores and dichotomised scores. Presented at the Association for the Study of Medical Education annual conference, 21-22 June, Exeter, UK.

Posters

Cockerill, J., Gabe-Thomas, E., Ferguson, C., Zahra, D. & Roberts, M. (2016) A tool to help ensure coverage of the assessment blueprint in multiple choice assessments. Presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14-15 October, Exeter, UK.