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Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions: A Hands-On Workshop (Cosponsored by American Association of Anatomists)

Workshop — Saturday, April 6, 2019 — 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM — Convention Center, Room W311EF
Techniques Workshop Program — Chair: Dee U Silverthorn — Co-Chair:
Cosponsored by Advances in Physiology Education

Writing clear multiple choice questions that challenge student understanding rather than memorization is a skill. This hands-on workshop will give participants an opportunity to look at their own or departmental questions, evaluate them, and re-write them. The session will begin with a review of do's and don't of good questions, how to use stories or clinical vignettes well, and how to write good distractors. It then looks at how to "Bloom" questions according to Bloom’s taxonomy to ensure that the questions on an exam are not all recognition/recall. Once people have learned the guidelines, they will work together, read and critique the examples participants brought, and re-write questions to improve them. At end, there will be a report-out, with each table picking 1-2 examples of not-so-good questions and how they were improved.

This will be a joint workshop with AAA and it will also be advertised to the other EB societies.


  • Good Question-Writing Techniques
    Christine Kauffman — Dept of Pediatrics, Univ. of Central Florida

  • Panelist
    Jonathan Kibble — University of Central Florida

  • Panelist
    Audra Schaefer — University of Mississippie Medical Center

  • Panelist
    Valerie Dean O'Loughlin — Indiana University

  • Panelist
    Alison F. Doubleday — University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry

  • Panelist
    Keely Cassidy — University of Nebraska Medical Center

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