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MCQ Creation Methodologies Workshop (MCQ-Creation)
(8 November 2011, London, United Kingdom)


"At MCQ-Creation we discuss empirical studies of MCQ creation methodologies and then suggest improvements."


The specific objectives of assessment authorities and the languages of learner populations are continually changing. This implies that assessment tools, which are used to confirm accurate transfer of knowledge to learners within a domain of discourse, must also change.

The MCQ-Creation Workshop brings together educationalists from industry, governmental examining bodies, universities and schools to examine the merits and pitfalls in traditional processes for creating Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) test items. The output from the workshop will be proposals for new (or adapted) MCQ creation methodologies that are appropriate to the domains defined by the presenters.

MCQ-Creation Workshop - Call for Papers

Presenters at MCQ-Creation will give an overview of their domain of discourse (ie the context of their assessments) and will describe how they have either
  • described and evaluated an established formal method for MCQ test item creation as applied within their domain of discourse.

  • or

  • described and evaluated a demonstrably NEW MCQ test item creation methodology within their domain of discourse.

MCQ-Creation Workshop - Submissions Process

All those whose title/abstract has been accepted by the committee are invited to give a presentation to the MCQ-Creation Workshop session. If the title/abstract was submitted BEFORE the submissions deadline (15 September) then this will be included in the programme for the main LICE conference along with the notes supporting the keynote address. However, if the title/abstract was submitted AFTER the submissions deadline and has been accepted by the comittee then the presentation at the workshop will still be welcome, but the title/abstract will not be included in the main conference proceedings.

All presenters at the MCQ-Creation workshop (including those whose title/abstract was received after the submissions deadline) are invited to submit a 4-8 page paper describing their MCQ-Creation methodology evaluation activities before 30 January 2012. Successful papers will be included in the MCQ-Creation Workshop electronic proceedings, published on this page.

MCQ-Creation Workshop - Important dates

  • Title/Abstract Submission deadline: 15 September 2011 (PASSED)
  • Title/Abstract Acceptance notification: 7 November 2011 (Extended)
  • Online Proceedings Submissions deadline: 30 January 2012

MCQ-Creation Workshop - Submission Requirements

All papers must be submitted in .pdf format and must be 4-8 pages long (including references). For format requirements please refer to the main LICE website at

Each submission will be reviewed by the Workshop Committee, who have experience in both academia and industry. The final decisions will be made based on these reviews. Email pdf versions of your paper attached to an emails sent to:

Welcome to the first MCQ Creation Methodologies Workshop in conjunction with the LICE (London International Conference on Education). I look forward to hearing your ideas ... and sharing some of mine of course !

Best Wishes
Bob Foster
  • MCQ-Creation Workshop organiser
  • LICE Phd Students Chair
  • CBT Designer/Author at Western Power Distribution
  • Phd Student at Wolverhampton University
  • Email: