Select the Right Multiple-Choice Assessment Formats


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President, Learning Peaks LLC
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    Wed, Oct 06, 2021 at 12PM Pacific / 3PM Eastern
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There are numerous formats for multiple-choice questions. Research has found some to work well while others are considered problematic or worse. Research helps us understand, for example, whether we should use true/false questions, matching questions, and questions with more than one correct answer.

Research also helps us know when to use different question formats. For example, one format is especially good for measuring whether participants understand critical course concepts and to analyze the misunderstandings participants have. This is super important to understand! And yet this format isn’t commonly used!

In this session, we’ll zero in on what research says about multiple-choice question formats. We’ll:
  • Evaluate eight multiple-choice question formats.
  • Analyze research about which should and shouldn’t be used.
  • Select good formats for specific assessment uses.
You’ll gain critical insights about selecting better multiple-choice question formats. An in-progress copy of the multiple-choice question formats chapter from Patti’s upcoming multiple-choice question-writing book will be included. And Patti will be available to answer your questions.

About Patti Shank, Ph.D., CPT

Patti Shank, PhD is an internationally-known workplace learning expert, instructional designer, researcher, and author who is regularly cited as one of the most influential people in workplace learning internationally.

Patti speaks regularly at training and learning technology conferences and is the author of Write and Organize for Deeper Learning, Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning, and Manage Memory for Deeper Learning. These books offer practical tactics for improving outcomes based on training and other research.

She greatly enjoys helping learning practitioners hone skills that have a major impact on instructional outcomes. Her Write Better Multiple-Choice Questions course is praised by its many participants, many of whom said it transformed their question-writing practice. Her multiple-choice question-writing book is available on Amazon internationally. (This will be true soon.)
Patti’s articles are found on eLearning Industry and elsewhere. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research on new online learners won an EDMEDIA best research paper award. Website:

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