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4. Feedback From The SVT Item Development Workshop_2018

SVTGBI Vascular Technology Theory Exam Item Development Workshop - by Anna Jerram, Manchester Royal Infirmary

On the 8th and 9th of September,  myself and 6 other Vascular Scientists from around the country gathered in London for the first SVTGBI Vascular Technology theory exam question development workshop. I was joined by Ming Yeung (Portsmouth), Steven Wallace (Liverpool), Hannah Leonard (IVS Manchester), Sara Causley (Wye Valley), Emma Waldegrave (London) and Klaus Bond from Oxford.

The workshop was led by Belinda Brunner and Darlene Leuschke from Inteleos.

Belinda and Darlene talked us through the techniques involved in producing new exam questions and reviewing old ones in need of an update. We were set to task with text books in tow, working in small groups to write questions and as a larger group to review them.

By the end of the 2 day workshop we had shared our ideas and knowledge to successfully produce a bank of questions for use in future SVT Technology exams.

All in all, this was a novel and interesting event to participate in, and I would like to say thank you to everyone involved in its organisation.


Physics Item Development Workshop - by Tanyah Ewen

On Wednesday 10th October a group of us arrived in London to attend the first SVT item development workshop.  These are annual events in the USA and give members the chance to be involved with exam question writing and reviewing. 

After introductions, we were all presented with information on how to write a good multiple choice question.  The first part of the morning was spent reviewing our current bank of physics questions, in order to check that they were accurate, conform to the current syllabus and in the new format for the electronic examinations.  After a well-earned coffee break it was our turn to have a go at writing questions, so the rest of the day was spent drawing on all our knowledge of physics to come up with 63 new questions – a great achievement by all.


The following day after a good breakfast it was back to the grindstone.  Now was the time for our questions written the previous day to be reviewed, analysed and discussed. It is entertaining when you see a question you have written come under scrutiny of the group, will it pass, will they like it, will it be accepted – we all vowed to be kind!

I would like to thank everyone who attended the workshop for giving up their precious time and SVT for organising it.  A special thank you has to go to Darlene and Belinda from Inteleos for travelling all the way from the USA to attend our workshop and passing on all their knowledge.

We hope to make this an annual event as they do in America, so if you have any interest to be involved let the SVT Education Committee know.  It is a great way to keep up to date with your knowledge, earn CPD points and be involved with the progression of our society.