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    STEP - Writing good multiple-choice questions - Online Session
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    Zoom-taught exploration of evidence-based practice for writing good (or bad!) MCQ, and approaches to testing higher-order thinking skills.

Duration 1 hour 30 mins

Course Type Webinar

Booking Status Contact Provider

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Target Audience: All staff who teach using multiple choice questions

Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) can form the cornerstone of many teaching programs, and provide a powerful platform for instant feedback. However, poorly-designed questions can introduce confusion and undermine student understanding, or allow guesswork to take the place of meaningful learning.


MCQs are most frequently used to test recall and application but with the right design they can also be used to test higher-order thinking skills and this session will explore how to use MCQs in these contexts as well.


This course will focus on the theory and design of MCQs and will not cover any of the technology used to create or administer them – for that, we recommend the course run by Education Enhancement, Setting up Basic Quizzes.


Outcomes/ Objectives:

  • Identify factors that cause MCQs fail to promote meaningful learning
  • Evaluate existing MCQs for flaws and create flaw-free MCQs
  • Understand the role of MCQs in probing higher-order cognitive tasks
  • Create MCQs for higher-order cognitive tasks


Please take note of the relevant ZOOM I.D. for the session that you would like to book as you will need this to access the session.

Password will follow in your booking confirmation email.

ZOOM links as follows for each session;

 June 22nd 2pm - 3:30pm


Meeting ID: 965 1979 9761


July 6th 12 noon - 1:30pm


Meeting ID: 997 3992 8263


August 4th 2pm - 3:30pm


Meeting ID: 995 3535 3340

Delivered By: Rosanne English (Department of Computer & Information Sciences) Patrick Thomson (Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry)


Suitable equipment to access online session required.