The Directorate of Exams and Assessment (DEA) has organised a capacity building workshop and hands-on training for the academic staff on the construction of essay items/questions and marking guides
The training, held at the Faculty of Arts at the headquarters in Abuja, was geared towards intimating academic staff on the “General Principles Guiding Test Items Construction, Developing Marking Guides, How To Choose Between Objectives And Subjective Test Items”.
It also touched other areas as rudiments of handling e-exams, creating better test items, e-exam question scripting, TMA question scripting among other topics that was treated.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Prof. Victor Adedipe, while declaring the workshop open, said the workshop was timely and very useful as it was aimed at improving the knowledge of participants in setting up questions and marking skills.
The Registrar, Mr. Felix Edoka, who delivered the opening speech on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, said the management directed the Directorate of Examination and Assessment to organise the workshop as a follow-up to the workshop held last semester in order to build capacity and have practical experience on the construction of essay questions and marking guides, which, he said, was aimed at improving participants' knowledge and improving the quality of questions and the general examinations administration in NOUN.
Edoka urged all participants at the workshop to actively participate in the practical interactive sessions in order to improve their knowledge about creating quality test Items/questions.
In the same vein, the DEA Director, Prof. Godwin Akper, organizer of the workshop, advised participants to come empty and forget what they already knew so that they would be able to understand better.
By doing that, he said, it would afford them the opportunity to breach the gap between the well-known, the in-between and those that are learning and those that are new.
The facilitators of the workshop were: Dean Faculty of Education, Prof. C. A. Okonkwo, Dr. U.S.A. Osuji of the Faculty of Education, Director of Information and communication Technology (DICT) Dr. Madu Galadima and Agbeja Joshua Olugbenga of the Directorate of Management Information Systems. They took turns to facilitate the workshop and educate participants on the various topics according to their expertise as it is listed in the programme.
The workshop was also held in Kaduna and Lagos at different dates.
Workshops on updating and expanding teacher knowledge open up new possibilities. Learning new information, they learn how to correctly apply the acquired knowledge in practice.
Such events will surely raise up the motivation of the academic staff that will affect the whole studying process in the future.