Webinar: Issues in question writing

Assessment training webinar: Issues in question writing

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Speakers: Vicki Crisp and Nicky Rushton
Date: 18 Sep 2020 Venue: Online
Time: 08:30 - 10:00
Type: Training webinar: 1.5 CPD hours Fee: £90.00

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Training outline

Getting exam questions right is important in order to ensure that the exam measures the intended knowledge, understanding and skills, and is of an appropriate level of difficulty for the candidates who will be assessed. This webinar will provide an introduction to some of the principles of question writing. Topics covered will include ensuring content and skill coverage, features affecting question difficulty and fairness, and the process involved when a student answers a question.

Key learning outcomes

Participants in this webinar will:

  • Develop their knowledge of how features of exam questions affect their difficulty and fairness
  • Be introduced to the psychology of question answering
  • Develop a reflective approach to writing and reviewing questions
  • Be able to diagnose potential issues with draft exam questions

Intended audience

This session will be useful to practitioners involved in drafting or reviewing exam questions and those involved in training or overseeing the work of question writers.

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Course trainer

Vicki Crisp - Senior Research OfficerDr Vicki Crisp has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an MA in Education and a PhD in Assessment. She has been a researcher at Cambridge Assessment since 2000, exploring a range of issues in relation to examinations and other assessments. Areas of research have included: issues in question difficulty, question design and question writing; the effects of answer spaces on student responses; the use and purpose of annotations in examination marking; validity and validation; comparability issues and methods; and judgement processes in assessment.

She has been involved in providing training for assessors and assessment professionals on issues in question writing both in the UK and abroad. Victoria completed her doctoral research regarding the judgement processes underpinning marking by teachers in the context of GCSE coursework in 2010.

Nicky Rushton - Senior Research OfficerNicky Rushton Nicky Rushton holds a Masters degree in Education from the Open University and a BEd from the University of Cambridge. She has been a researcher at Cambridge Assessment since 2009 and works on a wide range of projects relating to educational assessment. Nicky’s research has focused on comparability methodology and curricular issues affecting 16-19-year-olds and she has also recently worked on a project investigating examination errors. In 2019 she completed a six month secondment to Cambridge Mathematics, where she worked on their digital mathematics framework. Nicky has provided question writing training for assessment professionals in the UK and abroad. Before joining Cambridge Assessment in 2003, Nicky taught at a first school in Newmarket.

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