Writing Good Multiple-Choice Questions

Monday, March 8, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM


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Writing Good Multiple-Choice Questions is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


Large classes often necessitate the need for using exams with multiple-choice questions (MCQs) to assess student learning and streamline the grading process. However, many problems exist with these types of questions, in particular the difficulty in assessing higher level learning or deeper understanding when giving students an answer choice. Further, it can be daunting for instructors to write “good” questions that actually assess the students on what is intended. How do instructors write good MCQs that ask students to do more than simply regurgitate facts and content?

In this workshop we will explore the structure of MCQs along with their strengths and inherent weaknesses. Participants will learn how to create effective questions based on quality learning outcomes, with practice constructing both a good question (the stem) and appropriate (and fair) answer choices. We will also address common issues with multiple-choice exams and how instructors can use these exams as immediate feedback to evaluate their own instructional effectiveness.


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Michelle L. Hardee
TA Training Program Manager
Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the Program Manager for graduate student teaching assistant (TA) programs in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She is responsible for developing CTE’s graduate TA training seminars, managing GRAD 701, the Teaching Assistant Development course , and helping students progress through the Preparing Future Faculty Program. She coordinates regularly with the Graduate School and other university academic partners on graduate student professional development workshops and events. Hardee received her Ph.D. in Marine Science here at UofSC and taught throughout her graduate program. She is currently an instructor in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment at UofSC, teaching the Honors section of the Oceans and Society course and Environment of the Earth (GEOL 103).  Throughout her 25-year teaching career, Hardee has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training, including at Coastal Carolina University and the College of Charleston.