Chapter 1 Rapid learning design

How to

Multiple-choice questions have been the main type of exercise for testing and evaluating knowledge for the past 100 years. New research by Associate Professor of Education and Psychological & Brain Sciences Andrew C. Butler at Washington University in St. Louis takes the concept one step further. His research shows not only the best practice for using multiple-choice questions in tests and assessment, but also of measuring learning performance in general. One main conclusion of the study is that this not only works for multiple-choice exercises, but all forms of interactive exercises mentioned on previous pages (drag and drop, interactive text exercises, and hotspots). Professor Butler writes:

“The overall recommendation from both literatures (meaning best practice for tests and learning with multiple choice exercises) is to create questions that are simple in its format (e.g., avoid use of complex item types), challenge students but allow them to succeed often, and target specific cognitive processes that correspond to learning objectives.”

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