Learning Objectives7 Lessons
Multiple-Choice Questions13 Lessons
Almost Done4 Lessons
Assessment research shows many multiple-choice questions are poorly written. Nedeau-Cayo's study of thousands of nursing certification questions, for example, found 84% (!) of the questions had a significant flaw—and many had more than one significant flaw!
Poorly written questions typically don't assess the intended knowledge and skills, leading to less valid assessments and much frustration. If you use multiple-choice assessment results to make decisions—such as who can proceed—poorly written questions can open your organization to legal risk.
Writing good multiple-choice questions is a critical skill but is rarely taught to people who design workplace or adult instruction. The bottom line is that everyone who uses multiple-choice assessments must be able to write good multiple-choice questions!
Reference: Nedeau-Cayo, R., Laughlin, D., Rus, L., & Hall, J. (2013). Assessment of item-writing flaws in multiple-choice questions. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 29, 52–57.
Most people think they write acceptable multiple-choice questions. I certainly did until my mistakes were pointed out to me many years ago. I was humiliated and resolved to improve my skills.
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Writing well-written, valid multiple-choice questions that measure achievement of the learning objectives is a critical skill for people who design instruction. (The correct answer is c.) This course will teach you how to write clear and relevant multiple-choice questions that measure achievement of the learning objectives.
Take the quiz to to see what you don't yet know about writing multiple-choice questions.
The learning objectives for this course are:
- Write well-written learning objectives to inform your multiple-choice questions.
- Analyze learning objective and multiple-choice questions to identify flaws that should be fixed.
- Write relevant multiple-choice items that measure achievement of your learning objectives.
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Patti’s course has been invaluable in helping me write effective, credible assessments for my online learning courses and assessments.
There is a wealth of well-researched detail about what exactly goes into writing an effective multiple-choice question and how these questions relate to the bigger picture of effective learning. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who wants to make their learning more effective as well as anyone who needs to write effective assessments.
Instructional designer, Australia
Patti provided comprehensive research to practice guides and robust practice experiences to foster the critical skill set of writing substantive multiple-choice questions to assess actual learner performance. I strongly encourage everyone involved with performance assessment to take Patti's illuminating and enriching course.
Instructional Designer, USA
This course has an expert facilitator, top-notch resource materials, well-designed practice activities, in-depth research on the topic, and lively discussion. We explored not just the How of writing good multiple choice questions, but also the Why. Perfect timing! My new project includes a summative assessment, and I'm excited to apply what I learned.
Lead Learning Experience Designer, USA
This training gave me insight into the many factors involved in creating effective multiple-choice questions. It has prepared me to better advise instructors on whether multiple-choice questions are the best tool, and how they can be crafted to generate reliable, valid data.
Anna Landes Benz
Program and Faculty Developer, USA
All the information includes hands-on exercises, so you immediately practice to acquire understanding. I have just finished creating five online courses to learn English for Spanish speakers and will incorporate what I learned to make the quizzes better. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve the effectiveness of their content design.
Language Coach and E-Learning Instructional Designer, Bogotá, Colombia
Great class!! I now have the tools I need to make question writing an easier and less painful process.
Instructional Designer, USA
Patti is going to make you confront learning objectives and the deeper purpose of assessments . She helps us abandon some of those tired learning objectives we've been using for years we've always known were kinda lame like "explain, describe, and list."
I really liked how the course emphasized key points (example: reliability and validity in assessments) as well as provide us with lovely job aids and solid, challenging practice.
Director of Performance Programs, Dental Services Company USA
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