Rachel Walwood

Rachel Walwood joined the Fisdap family in February 2013. Originally from Colorado, she came to Minnesota through Iowa where she earned a degree in Psychology at Grinnell College. Rachel spends much of her time working out the intricacies of how to make products that meet customers' needs, and enjoys talking to Fisdap users on the occasion her phone rings. Outside of the office you can find her playing with her puppy, running, and working on her 1913 home.

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Posts by Rachel Walwood

What is an Exam Blueprint?By Rachel Walwood

September 1, 2015

Testing is a complex subject area. We’ve spent some time this year explaining the basics of Cut Scores and Exam Validity to help EMS educators ensure the tests they’re administering provide good evidence of the student’s knowledge. But how do we know whether our tests measure the domains of knowledge we want to evaluate? The answer is in an evidence-based testing blueprint.

Start at the Beginning

Testing should never be an afterthought in education. Although a summative or final exam is administered toward the end of a course, it should be used to align the curriculum before the course begins. Developing a blueprint based on educational priorities allows you to prioritize what is taught. It also ensures you have spent enough time covering the tested material in class or lab, or through homework. Before beginning the blueprint, you need to know what type of exam you’re creating. A formative exam (a quiz or unit test administered during the course) should have a minimum of 60 items. A summative exam, which is also called a final exam, has ideally between 150 and 200 items.


Driverless Technology and the Ambulance of the FutureBy Rachel Walwood

July 23, 2015

Since the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the National Standard Curriculum in 1985, EMS has been irrevocably connected with transportation and public safety. Automobile technology has developed at a breakneck pace and has brought changes in emergency medical care along with it. From improvements in manufacturing processes and materials fabrication that afford more room and improved work areas in the rig, to advances in lighting and electrical technology that allow for more efficient patient care during transport, today’s ambulances are significantly different machines than those of the past.