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Mini-symposium | “The role of selected response test items in higher education”

posted 1 Jun 2016, 01:52 by ICO Education   [ updated 7 Jun 2016, 01:32 ]
Before the public defense of Silvester Draaijer's PhD dissertation on June 10, a mini-symposium will be held from 10:30 to 12:30. During the mini-symposium, thought leaders in the domain of educational assessment in the Netherlands, Australia and the US showed a keen interest to share their knowledge, experience and views with a broad research oriented but also general audience.

Focus of the mini-symposium

Higher education institutions are increasingly held accountable for the quality and quality assurance of their teaching and assessment. Multiple themes and topics concerning assessment and testing are of major importance in this matter.

The focus of this mini-symposium lies on the ‘work horse’ of many assessment and testing practices in higher education: the selected response test item (multiple-choice, True-False, Matching a.o.). The quality of these test items determines to a large extent what students learn and how they perceive the domain or profession for which they study. Studying and improving the development of test items is therefore crucial for higher education.

During the symposium, a broad framework for assessment will be presented and within that framework the role, forms, development and quality assurance and development of selected response test items from multiple perspectives. Recent developments about the design and use of selected response test items will be discussed.

For who?
The mini-symposium will be of interest for anyone involved in the research, design of instruction, testing and assessment in higher education. A very broad audience therefore. This includes test experts, teachers, teacher trainers, examiners, exam board members, policymakers, quality assurance functionaries and professors.

Presentations by:

Emeritus Professor Thomas Haladyna of Arizona State University: In the field of research into developing and validating test item he is by far the most publishing and cited author. Important publications are his books Handbook of Test Development and Developing and Validating Test items. More information about Prof. Thomas Haladyna can be found here.

Dr.Desiree Joosten-ten Brinke of the Open University of the Netherland: Dr. Desirée Joosten-ten Brinke is associate professor at the OU in the domain of assessment. She is specialized in designing and applying (digital) assessment and informal learning. Teacher training and research are central. She is also lector ‘Eigentijds Toetsen en Beoordelen’ at Fontys University of Applied Science in Tilburg. She plays an important role in the Dutch debate about the quality and quality control of learning and assessment in the Netherlands. Her latest book De kwaliteit van toetsing onder de loep currently has quite an impact in the higher education sector. More information about Dr. Desiree Joosten-ten Brinke can be found here and here.

Prof. dr.Lambert Schuwirth, professor at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia and Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He has been researching and writing in the field of assessment since 1993 and is member of the editorial boards of various medical education research journals. His main interest is the assessment of medical competence and performance in both undergraduate and postgraduate training settings. More information about Prof. Lambert Schuwirth can be found here.

If you would like to attend the mini-symposium organised by Silvester Draaijer, please fill out a form on this website.