WEB15 Key Considerations: In-Person Versus Virtual Item Development


As you assemble your team of item writers, you need to determine the secure process by which they will write, review, edit, and select test questions. Some credentialing programs host in-person item writing workshops while others choose to meet virtually. Consider the pros and cons of each setting, and identify programmatic considerations (goals, budget, resources, etc.) that should factor in to the decision to develop test items in-person or in the virtual environment. 

Audience: All levels of credentialing professionals
Format: On-demand Webinar (c) 2015
Duration: 1 hour, including time for Q&A


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Sarah Pauly Hughes, Alpine Testing Solutions
Sarah joins the Alpine Testing Solutions team with 15 years of experience facilitating diverse groups of people. She is responsible for assisting clients with test development and validation activities including job analysis, item writing, item review, and standard setting. As an instructor Sarah has taught a wide range of humanities courses, and has earned her certification in Adolescent Young Adult Social Studies History from the National Board for Professional Testing Standards. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Arizona. She lives with her husband and children in Saugus, California.

Francis B. Neric, MS, MBA, National Strength and Conditioning Association 
Francis Neric is currently the Exam Development Manager at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The majority of his career at the NSCA has been in the development and management of NSCA’s four professional certification programs. Neric has also managed the strategic planning and development of certificate courses for the Association. Beyond the day-to-day operations of Exam Development, Neric has presented for the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE) on the following: Certification vs. Assessment-based Certificates: Navigating the Fine Line and Key Considerations: In-Person Versus Virtual Item Development. Neric has a BS in Exercise Science from California State University-Long Beach and an MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology from California State University-Fullerton. Neric is currently working on his MBA in Management at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with an anticipated 2016 graduation.