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Defining the Infrastructure for a National Item Bank Service

Defining the Infrastructure for a National Item Bank Service
Defining the Infrastructure for a National Item Bank Service
Item banks (sometimes known as question banks) have been around for many years but are not yet widely used in the UK. There are clear benefits such as economies of scale when items are built across a subject area or sector. When this is coordinated centrally items are more likely to be peer reviewed, validated properly and to adhere to technical, interoperability and accessibility standards. Quality can be enhanced by delivering the items to larger numbers of candidates, leading to improvements following analysis of item usage data. However there is currently no satisfactory way for these to be stored and made available to potential users; the available commercial learning object repositories are unable to deal with assessment content adequately. In an attempt to solve such issues and to begin to define the infrastructure of a distributed national item bank service, the Item Bank Infrastructure Study (IBIS) brought together individuals and institutions in the UK with key expertise in areas relating to item banks. The study was funded by JISC under the Exchange for Learning (X4L) Programme with financial contributions from three of the exam boards involved – Edexcel, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES). This paper extracts the key points and conclusions from the full report which can be downloaded from www.toia.ac.uk/ibis. An accompanying paper in these proceedings, Conceptualising Item Banks, defines items, item pools and item banks, and outlines the main components of a possible distributed item bank service.
CAA, Item Banks, Question Banks, Assessment, Pools
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McDonald, M
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Rogers, S
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Danson, M
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Sclater, N
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Howie, L
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McDonald, M
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White, S.A.
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Danson, M
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Sclater, N, Boyle, E, Bull, J, Church, C, Craven, P, Young, R, Danson, M, Halliday, M, Howie, L, Kelly, J.X, Lay, S, Massey, M, McAlpine, M, McDonald, M, Rogers, S and White, S.A. (2005) Defining the Infrastructure for a National Item Bank Service. Danson, M (ed.) Ninth International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference, Loughborough University, United Kingdom. 04 - 05 Jul 2005. pp. 1-19 .

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Abstract

Item banks (sometimes known as question banks) have been around for many years but are not yet widely used in the UK. There are clear benefits such as economies of scale when items are built across a subject area or sector. When this is coordinated centrally items are more likely to be peer reviewed, validated properly and to adhere to technical, interoperability and accessibility standards. Quality can be enhanced by delivering the items to larger numbers of candidates, leading to improvements following analysis of item usage data. However there is currently no satisfactory way for these to be stored and made available to potential users; the available commercial learning object repositories are unable to deal with assessment content adequately. In an attempt to solve such issues and to begin to define the infrastructure of a distributed national item bank service, the Item Bank Infrastructure Study (IBIS) brought together individuals and institutions in the UK with key expertise in areas relating to item banks. The study was funded by JISC under the Exchange for Learning (X4L) Programme with financial contributions from three of the exam boards involved – Edexcel, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES). This paper extracts the key points and conclusions from the full report which can be downloaded from www.toia.ac.uk/ibis. An accompanying paper in these proceedings, Conceptualising Item Banks, defines items, item pools and item banks, and outlines the main components of a possible distributed item bank service.

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Published date: 2005
Additional Information: Event Dates: 5-6 July 2005
Venue - Dates: Ninth International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, 2005-07-04 - 2005-07-05
Keywords: CAA, Item Banks, Question Banks, Assessment, Pools
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 261632
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/261632
PURE UUID: d1223737-3ff6-4c91-a596-15d9eb80ea15
ORCID for S.A. White: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9588-5275

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Date deposited: 08 Dec 2005
Last modified: 24 Sep 2020 01:34

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Author: N Sclater
Author: E Boyle
Author: J Bull
Author: C Church
Author: P Craven
Author: R Young
Author: M Danson
Author: M Halliday
Author: L Howie
Author: J.X Kelly
Author: S Lay
Author: M Massey
Author: M McAlpine
Author: M McDonald
Author: S Rogers
Author: S.A. White ORCID iD
Editor: M Danson

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