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Maryellen Weimer and writing good multiple-choice questions

I’m looking forward to the UA Faculty Institute today and tomorrow because Faculty Focus’s Maryellen Weimer is running the program. Her posts on the Faculty Focus blog are always pleasantly pragmatic. Today’s post (March 5, 2014) is an excellent example. Multiple-choice questions are difficult to write well. Her post today provides 13 tips on how to write good questions, and a link at the bottom of the post takes readers to another post, Examining Your Multiple-Choice Questions (read that post first, actually, then read how to write good questions.) The post on examining your questions reviews the history of this much-maligned question type and encourages faculty to try to write questions that ask more of students than a simple recollection of facts; she cites her research at the bottom of the post.

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