Inspired Teaching

How to Write Great Exam Questions

📅 Friday, November 19th, 2021, 1-2:45pm ET

💻 Delivered Virtually

Have you ever had to write exam questions for your learners?

Have your learners challenged the exam questions and marking scheme?

As a learner, did you ever write an exam and felt that the questions were vague and unfair?

How do we write exam questions to maximize validity and reliability?

The primary characteristics of a good quality exam are reliability, validity and fairness. Reliability is ensured by items that vary in difficulty without being obscure. Validity is ensured by items that tap into important content and transparent learning objectives. Fairness is ensured by matching your assessment goals with prior education activities and professional scope.

Come to this workshop and greatly improve your exam question writing skills with Clinician Educator Dr. Babic and Education Scientist Dr. Monteiro!

Learning Objectives

At the end of this virtual event, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss best practices in writing multiple choice questions.

  • Follow best practices in writing short answer questions.

  • Demonstrate exam-writing skills through practice.

Agenda

  • Introduction & Agenda (5 min.)

  • Item Development & How it Impacts Validity (15 min.)

  • Best Practice in Writing MCQs & Practice Writing (35 min.)

  • Best Practice in Writing SAQs & Practice Writing (35 min.)

  • Summary, Debrief, & Feedback (15 min.)

Facilitator/Speaker

Bojana Babic

Dr. Bojana Babic is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Pediatric Medicine at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Dr. Babic is an active clinician-educator within the Department of Pediatrics. She is the current associate program director for pediatric residency program. She is a member of several Departmental education committees, as well as member of Faculty of Health Sciences' CBME Implementation Committee. She supervises medical students, residents, and fellows on busy Clinical Teaching Unit.

Facilitator/Speaker

Sandra Monteiro

Dr. Sandra Monteiro, PhD is associate professor in the department of medicine and education scientist at MERIT. Dr. Monteiro applies her expertise in cognitive psychology to pursue a research program in clinical reasoning. She applies her expertise in psychometrics to consult on assessment design and research methodology.

Facilitator/Speaker

X. Catherine Tong

Dr. Tong is an Assistant Clinical Professor affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She currently practices emergency medicine at the Grand River and St. Mary’s General Hospitals in Kitchener-Waterloo, and family medicine at the Grand Valley Institute for Women, a federal correctional facility in Kitchener. She is the faculty development coordinator at Waterloo Regional Campus (@MacMedWRC), and the team lead for the Inspired Teaching Team of the Program for Faculty Development at the Faculty for Health Sciences.