Guidelines to Writing Effective and Equitable Multiple Choice Exam Items


Friday, November 15, 2019, 01:30pm - 03:00pm

An Office of STEM Education TRIAD Workshop presented by Marc Muñiz, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Summative assessment remains a complex, and at times contentious, necessity in learning environments at all levels. Fortunately, decades of research in cognitive science, psychology, and education research (discipline based and general) affords us the opportunity to take evidence-based approaches to writing effective multiple choice (also known as “selected-response”) assessments. Selected response items are, especially in large enrollment courses, often the most practical summative assessment solution. Despite their limitations, one can still obtain valid and reliable measures of student understanding using such items. One must approach the writing of selected response questions from an equitable, valid, and reliable perspective. As such, this workshop aims to 1). inform participants about some of the key research-informed principles of writing valid, reliable, and equitable multiple choice items, 2). have participants critique existing multiple-choice assessments, and 3). have participants construct and/or revise their own multiple choice assessment items.

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