The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2006 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

An analysis of the data integrity of an electronic course archival / management system (CMS) in a web-enhanced respiratory care program

  Douglas E. Masini EDD RPFT RRT AE-C FAARC, Donald A. Samples, Shane Keene. East Tennessee State University Cardiopulmonary Science Program, Elizabethton, Tennessee. 


Introduction:  We began web-enhancing all cardiopulmonary science (CPSC) courses (n=12) in 2001 with the goal of having a Blackboard CMS site for all courses by 2006. A recent AARC study revealed that leadership in respiratory care education will undergo a dramatic change in the next two decades. Therefore, these 'programs-in-transition' must scrutinize the existing hard copy and paper formatted lesson plans, syllabi, and visual aids used in the program, particularly when recreating lesson plans or matching lessons to the NBRC essentials.  This is perceived as a critical process when passing on course information to new faculty, new educators and new program or clinical directors. Problem Statement:  Is datum electronically corrupted during transfer to (and uploaded from) zip-files?  To evaluate data integrity after archival, we initiated a simple program to analyze the quality of lesson material archived in the electronic course management / archival system (CMS). 


Method:
  All classroom and online courses are stored in a zip-file in a central electronic database.  Data integrity was defined on a Likert Scale (1 to 5) by all faculty members on three specific indicator questions:  a. Did the datum maintain font/point/numerical structure in archival ?, b. Was order and sequence of pages maintained in archival ?, c. Was visual slide/movie integrity maintained in archival ? (Table 1).  Interrater reliability (IR) was measured and a threshold of 85% was deemed an acceptable measure of data-integrity.  Findings:  In this analysis of all 12 web-enhanced CPSC courses, data integrity was acceptable.  Changes in linked file URL address' and eMailing of archived files (question a.) were the greatest threat to data integrity post-unzipping of archived files. In file storage in the CMS there was no corruption of datum archived in zip-files.

Table 1.  Data integrity findings in zip files uploaded from archival.

Faculty a. Font//Numerical (IR) b. Order (IR) c. Visual/slides (IR)
M 4                           (86%) 5               (100%) 4                (93%)
S 4 5 5
K 5 5 5


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