The Office of Faculty Development

Teaching & Learning with Multiple Choice Questions

Often instructions default to a multiple choice style assessment strategy with little consideration for writing reliable and valid questions and options. Additionally, these are considered by students to be an opportunity for instructors to “trick them” or that they are the ‘easier’ method of assessment compared to short-answer and essay prompts. 

It isn’t often that this avenue of assessment is considered as an avenue for teaching and learning, but when thoughtfully and creatively implemented, multiple choice questioning can enhance any lesson or assessment. This Teaching Guide will explore exactly that.

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