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Test Writing Pt. 1: Thinking Through Good Question Design ä

How can we write MC questions to encourage learning?



Date & Time

September 27, 2021, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


Assessing student learning through homework, quizzes, exams, or polling using publisher question banks may seem time efficient, but developing your own questions can more effectively address your desired learning objectives as well as better support academic integrity. You can pose questions at different levels of challenge to encourage deeper learning among students and create meaningful distractors to motivate students to apply concepts to determine the best answer. In this session, we'll discuss productive approaches and common pitfalls to writing multiple-choice questions that encourage learning. Panelists include Sarah Leupen (Biological Sciences) and Cody Goolsby-Cole (Physics). The follow-up session will discuss current and future ideas for setting up question pools in Blackboard and will be led by panelists Tara Carpenter and Sarah Bass (Chemistry and Biochemistry).

This series is co-hosted by the FDC and Instructional Technology.

Please click “Going Virtually” below to reserve your seat for this session, and we will send you a Google calendar invitation with a WebEx link one hour before the session. If you register less than an hour before the session, you will receive the WebEx link when you register. Please email fdc@umbc.edu if you have any questions. If you have registered and find that you can no longer attend, please kindly release your spot so that others may attend.

√ Counts toward the ALIT Certificate
§ Counts toward the INNOVATE Certificate