• What makes a good MC question?
    • A well crafted multiple choice question can provide a diagnostic tool to determine the learner’s level of understanding. One of the most common mistakes made when creating multiple choice questions comes with the initial question where question writers tend to choose shallow level questions. These questions tend to only require the learner to recognize a simple word or phrase from the learning content. These basically ask who what when or where type questions. Intermediate or preferably deep level question make better stem questions for multiple choice questions. These higher level of questions allow for deeper concepts to be built into distracters so that the distracters tap into potential misconceptions.
  • Intermediate
    • Feature specification: What qualitative properties does entity X have?
    • Quantification: What is the value of a quantitative variable? How much?
    • Definition questions: What does X mean?
    • Comparison: How is X similar to Y? How is X different from Y?
  • Deep or complex
  • Interpretation: What concept/claim can be inferred from a pattern of data?
  • Causal antecedent: Why did an event occur?
  • Causal consequence: What are the consequences of an event or state?
  • Goal orientation: What are the motives or goals behind an agent’s action?
  • Instrumental/procedural: What plan or instrument allows an agent to accomplish a goal?
  • Enablement: What object or resource allows an agent to accomplish a goal?
  • Expectation: Why did some expected event not occur?
  • A couple rules for creating better choice options
  • Focus on the correctness: Avoid questions that ask learners to identify incorrect information from a list of correct.
  • Construct each question to assess a single written objective.
  • Base each question on a specific problem stated clearly in the stem.
  • Do not include irrelevant material in the question stem.
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  • This screen provides a summary of the interaction hat you have created.
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