How to Write Effective Multiple Choice Exams

Thursday, September 28, 3:00-4:30pm
ITLAL Underground (LI-B69)

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to rely on multiple choice exams to assess higher-level thinking in our courses. But often reality (and limited resources) requires that we create tests that are quick and easy to grade. The good news is that it is possible to create test items that aim at more than just memorization of facts and details, focusing on the higher levels of thinking in your course objectives. In this workshop, you will learn strategies for creating multiple choice questions that actually assess what they’re aiming to assess and focus on the appropriate levels of cognitive complexity. We will also consider how best to use the information from students’ exam performance to improve learning.

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