Item banking in practice

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Date: 30 Nov 2021 Venue: Online
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Type: Workshop Fee: £90

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This workshop will introduce item banking, a system for producing assessment material, and how it can be applied to your own context.

The workshop will be relevant to those working on the production of assessment content. For example, you may be involved in writing assessment material or the management of processes and procedures related to assessment. 

If you are new to item banking, or have limited experience, this workshop will give you everything you need to get going. Or if you are more experienced and want to refresh your skills this workshop will increase your understanding of the underpinning principles and boost confidence in your practice. 

Course outline

We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of item banking as an approach for producing material and compare it to the model of setting whole papers.  

As well as the theoretical considerations of ensuring validity and reliability, we will look at how item banking works in practice, what the process looks like and the requirements to set it up.

We will cover:

  • Features and advantages of item banking 
  • Processes and procedures
  • Pretesting 
  • Roles of key personnel 
  • Documentation and support 
  • Practical requirements

The workshop includes practical exercises to support your understanding and there will be opportunities to discuss the relevance of item banking to your context. You will also take away resources to support you in applying the learning after the session.

Key learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop you will have:

  • Learned how item banking promotes valid and reliable assessment content 
  • Recognised the potential for the application of item banking in different contexts
  • Developed an understanding of practical requirements 

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Course trainer

Margaret CoozeMargaret Cooze is a freelance language and assessment specialist. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and an MSc in English Language Teaching Management. She has taught in Guatemala, Japan and the UK with a particular interest in the teaching and assessment of writing. 

Margaret has also worked for Cambridge Assessment managing the production of a range of assessments for language learners and teachers. She has also led on assessment reviews, benchmarking and comparability studies as well as supporting awarding bodies in gaining recognition for their assessments. 

She is now involved in the design, development and production of assessment materials as well acting as moderator and Principal Examiner for English assessments for Cambridge International. Alongside this, Margaret has recently written for Cambridge University Press and also designs and delivers training on the principles of assessment, question paper content writing, the operational aspects of assessment systems and also language awareness for teachers with recent work in Sweden, Lesotho, Pakistan, Botswana, Eswatini, The Bahamas and Vietnam.

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