Using Multi-choice Questions
Some say they only test factual knowledge.
However, they can be used to test analytical thinking, problem solving and several other cognitive processes.
But aren’t essays and open-ended questions better to test these than multichoice?
Not at all, although there is a facility for text answers in the Modlettes question section
The Modlettes platform has a questions facility with three design functions.
All of these functions have the ability to add a picture which opens up a wide variety of opportunities. The following are three approaches that I use for getting the most out of multichoice questions.
One of the best ways to assess how a learner will apply new knowledge on the job is to use scenario-based questions. Particularly ones that simulate real work experiences. Here are some sample questions that demonstrate how to transform a question from a simple recall to a real-world situation. I am only showing the question stem and not the multichoice answers that might follow.
2. Analysis of Visuals
You can assess critical thinking skills by asking learners to analyse or interpret information from visuals. In many cases visuals can be sourced from the learner’s workplace.
3. The Answer Plus the Reason Why
The third approach to measuring critical or creative thinking is to ask learners to put what they’ve learned into their own words. However, these test items are more difficult to write, they can be great for assessments. Important that only one reason is logical and correct, based on the knowledge and skills being assessed.
So now you can make your multi-choice quizzes much more interesting and challenging. Also, you get a much better idea of what real learning has taken place.
Other articles in Resources (Modlettes Resources )section on multi-choice questions:
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