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Measuring what we want to measure: writing excellent questions for College examinations. Plenary lecture at the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Science Week meeting, 2013
One of the challenges of any examination system is measuring the knowledge skills and judgements that we think are important indicators of achievement. This session will focus on designing and communicating tasks for candidates that let them demonstrate their knowledge, skills and judgement. It will look at different types of questions, including where MCQs fit in, and what to think about when writing them.
Liz Norman is a graduate of the University of Sydney who worked in private small animal practice for several years before moving to practice at the University of Melbourne and then the University of Glasgow. She took up an academic position at Massey University in 2001 and is Director of the distance Master of Veterinary Medicine programme. Liz received a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for sustained excellence in 2012 and is currently a Doctoral candidate in Education, researching assessment practices. She has held a position on the Board of Examiners of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists for 9 years, including 5 years as Assistant Chief Examiner and has been involved in all aspects of the College examination system.