Writing Effective Multiple Choice Questions (CTE782)Export this event to calendar

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

Location: MC 2036  Notes: Open to faculty (registration is required)

Multiple choice tests are efficient to administer and grade, but good questions are difficult to write. This workshop will provide strategies and tips for designing effective questions at various levels of knowledge (e.g. recall, application, evaluation). We will introduce basic item analysis as a tool to use in reviewing and improving test questions. Additional tools and educational  technologies that blend the use of multiple choice questions with active learning will be shared and discussed, providing options to incorporate this type of learning activity into any discipline.

Facilitators: Kyle Scholz (CTE), Monica Vesely (CTE) and Mary Power (CTE)

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session you will:

  • Identify the properties of good multiple choice test questions;
  • Recognize test item clues used by test-savvy students;
  • Interpret basic item analysis results;
  • Analyze some of your own multiple-choice questions (optional 30 min).


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Room 2036
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