Item Writing: Tips & Techniques for Writing Good Questions – September 22nd

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
11:00 AM EDT (New York)
4:00 PM BST (London)

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Fair, reliable and valid assessments contains well-written items that can assess what someone needs to learn before a learning event and, afterwards, measure what they have learned from it.

Skillfully crafted items promote learning and memory recall and can help retain knowledge over time. But writing good items isn’t as easy as it looks.

This webinar provides helpful guidance and tips for people who are new to item writing, or those who are looking for ideas on coaching subject matter experts (SMEs) on item writing techniques.

The webinar will cover:

  • The elements that make up a well written item
  • Considerations for writing a clear, concise stimulus
  • Tips for creating plausible and effective distractors
  • Common mistakes to avoid such as grammatical cues and other hints
  • The importance of validity and reliability
  • Considerations for online authoring and delivery of items

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About the Presenter:

John Kleeman is Executive Director and Founder of Questionmark. He has a first class degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, and is a Chartered Engineer. John wrote the first version of the Questionmark assessment software system and then founded Questionmark in 1988 to market, develop and support it. John has been heavily involved in assessment software development for over 20 years and has also participated in several standards initiatives: he was on the original team that created IMS QTI and was the instigator and chairman of the panel that produced the Standard BS 7988, which has now become ISO 23988.