Workshops for developing written exam questions go online: appropriate format according to the participants.

Anschuetz, Wilma; Wagner, Felicitas; Jucker-Kupper, Patrick; Huwendiek, Sören (2021). Workshops for developing written exam questions go online: appropriate format according to the participants. GMS Journal for Medical Education, 38(1), Doc17. German Medical Science 10.3205/zma001413

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Background: The Corona pandemic has made it difficult to conduct face-to-face events, which is why two workshops planned for the development of multiple choice (MC) questions were conducted online. Whether the online format is suitable for MC question development has not yet been described to our knowledge. Questions: The study aimed to answer the following questions from the perspective of the participants: How are the two online workshops evaluated in terms of their implementation? Are these online workshops suitable for developing MC questions? Is the online or face-to-face format preferred? As a measure of efficiency, it was examined whether the expected question output (standard of comparable face-to-face workshops) was achieved in the online workshops. Methods: In May and June 2020, two online workshops with a total of 24 participants were conducted for Swiss professional societies with SWITCHinteract. The participants' feedback was collected via an anonymous online survey with 21 questions. Results: 88% of the participants took part in the voluntary online survey. The participants were satisfied with the implementation and found the online format suitable. The majority of the participants did not show a preference for a certain format (online vs. face-to-face), although in case of a format preference the online format was indicated more often. The expected question output was exceeded in both workshops. Technical aspects were most frequently cited as requiring improvement. Conclusion: Based on the results, online workshops for MC question development can be considered as a resource-saving and efficient alternative to face-to-face workshops. Increased use and optimization of online tools could further facilitate implementation and influence the format preference.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Assessment and Evaluation Unit (AAE)

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Anschütz, Wilma, Wagner, Felicitas Lony, Jucker, Patrick, Huwendiek, Sören




German Medical Science




Susanne Yvonne Moser-Eichenberger

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21 Dec 2021 15:12

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05 Dec 2022 15:57

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medical multiple choice online questions development workshop


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