Assessment is critical for learning. We know that formative evaluation helps learners consolidate knowledge as they’re taking it in, and summative evaluation gives instructors, learners, and other interested parties (associations, accrediting bodies, employers, etc.) a stick by which to measure mastery of concepts.
But how do you write assessments effectively–or make sure those tasked with writing assessments for your association do so effectively–to ensure your organization and your learners reap the full benefits?
I’ve just put together the free resource “Writing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions” that can help. The no-money-no-personal-information-required, six-page PDF includes:
- A look at the critical tie between learning objectives and assessment
- 3 tips for writing assessments in general
- 6 tips for writing multiple-choice questions specifically
- A simple worksheet for authoring multiple-choice questions (part of the PDF and available as a separate, editable .doc Word file)
“Writing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions” can work as either a primer or as a refresher–we can all benefit from a little repetition and some reminders. Doing things well mostly isn’t a matter of rocket science but of remembering to do what we know we should.
And if you have assessment writing tips to share, I welcome your comments below.