Issue 9 | Multiple Choice Assessments | TOPkit.org 

Tips, Tricks, and Teaching Hacks You Can Use Right Now

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Encouraging Authentic Assessment

(from University of Central Florida)
File Under: Beyond the Basics
 

How can you help faculty design authentic learning practices that impact student outcomes?

Resource: Create Effective Online Assessment With Scalable Success Strategies

Usage Suggestions

  • Share the incentives of authentic assessment in the online classroom

  • Encourage authentic assessment to meet course learning objectives

  • Emphasize student learning over control

  • Distinguish cognitive load as it relates to authentic learning

  • Instill authentic assessment as a way to minimize online dishonesty

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Becoming Authentic: Using Multiple Choice to Assess Learning

(from Faculty Focus)
File Under: Beyond the Basics

How can you improve authentic learning through the use of multiple choice questions in your assessments?

Resource: Use These 13 Tips for Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions

Usage Suggestions

  • Focus on application rather than memorization

  • Emphasize critical thinking & transfer of knowledge
  • Create clear, scenario-based stem questions

  • Include differentiation between concepts, rather than simple identification

  • Avoid using negative distractors in answer choices

Dig Deeper

 

Writing Multiple-Choice Questions for Higher-Level Thinking from the Learning Solutions Magazine, Mike Dickinson (2011).
Direct Link: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/804/writing-multiple-choice-questions-for-higher-level-thinking

How to Prepare Better Multiple-Choice Test Items: Guidelines for University Faculty from Brigham Young University Testing Services and the Department of Instructional Science
Direct Link: https://testing.byu.edu/handbooks/betteritems.pdf

Multiple Choice Questions from the University of Texas at Austin, Faculty Innovation Center
Direct Link: https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/teaching/assess-learning/question-types/multiple-choice

Good, Better, Best: Multiple Choice Exam Construction from Duquesne University, Center for Teaching Excellence
Direct Link: http://www.duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/center-for-teaching-excellence/teaching-and-learning/multiple-choice-exam-construction

Constructing Good Items from Authentic Assessment Toolbox [on cognitive load and item construction], J. Mueller
Direct Link: http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/tests/gooditems.htm



References

Weimer, M. (2014, March). Tips for Writing Good Multiple-Choice Questions. [Blog Post] Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/writing-good-multiple-choice-questions/


Hoffman, B. & Twyford, D. (2011, January). Effective Online Assessment: Scalable Success Strategies. Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching. Retrieved from https://online.ucf.edu/faculty-seminar01/

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