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Monday, February 27 • 8:15am - 9:45am
(SUNDANCE) Becoming the Riddler - Principles in writing effective multiple-choice questions

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Abstract Body: Learning Objectives Identify principles in creating effective MCQ’s. Analyze sample MCQ’s as being effective or less effective. Create MCQ’s using the principles learned during this workshop. Assess effectiveness of created questions. Methods Medical students study what they are tested on. If they are tested on minute facts and basic recall questions, they will study facts and basic recall information. Even if problem-solving activities are conducted in the classroom it has been our experience that most students will limit their studying to memorizing minute facts if that is how they are tested. However, if a test requires problem-solving skills, students will focus their studying in problem solving because students rise to the level of the assessment. To put another way, the end goal in learning a new language is not to learn countless pages of vocabulary words and verbs (even though that happens). The end goal is to speak the language conversationally. Similarly, the end goal in learning any of the disciplines in medical school is not to learn countless pages of information and procedures (even though that happens). The end goal is to apply that information in problem solving and real life situations. Multiple-choice questions that assess students at a higher cognitive level of understanding (based upon Bloom’s taxonomy) require an understanding of basic principles of assessment creation. Activities and Schedules: The workshop is outlined as follows: Principles. Presentation of principles in constructing high-quality MCQs Application. Display of a variety of MCQ's with group discussion on their effectiveness. Practice. Attendees write their own MCQ’s in small groups followed by large group discussion. Other assessments. At the end of the session other assessment methods will be discussed showing how the principles can be applied to other forms of assessment other than MCQ's. Expected outcomes. This session is aimed at helping attendees improve their assessments in whatever discipline they are involved. 

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David Morton

Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine
Gross Anatomy | Curriculum committee


Monday February 27, 2017 8:15am - 9:45am
SUNDANCE

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