Since the rise of MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) as forms of assessment, the pros and cons of utilising this tool have been discussed in regards to effective student learning. The LITEbox team is delighted to be hosting a workshop, with two of the UK's leading figures in the field of assessment through MCQs, on Tuesday 9 May 2017 starting at 1.45 pm until 4.00 pm in 3 East 2.1.
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It is widely agreed that MCQs reduce marking time, making it an ideal strategy for large cohorts of students, however the potential superficial manner of learning combined with time investment to populate the questionnaires, can make this effort seem less worthwhile.
Prof Anthony Gardner-Medwin (University College London, Physiology) and Dr Steve Draper (University of Glasgow, Psychology), two of the leading figures in the field of assessment through MCQs in the UK, will join us to discuss what features make a multiple choice quiz effective, and if there are particular ways of designing MCQs to test/enhance deeper learning, without compromising the students’ experience. In particular, Prof Gardner-Medwin’s talk will focus on the advantages of MCQs with Certainty-Based Marking, predominantly in relation to summative assessment; while Dr Draper’s talk will focus on the advantages of Peer-Wise (student-authoring) MCQs, in relation to formative assessment and deep learning.
This workshop is being run as part of the LITEbox initiative and arises from a project funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Development Fund. This project is exploring the wider role that new and existing technologies can play in supporting teaching and learning techniques in the classroom that enable students to engage with the public and other communities.
The details of the event are as follows:
Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017
Time: 13:45 – 16:00 (including refreshments on arrival and a 30 minute Q&A session)
Location: 3 East 2.1
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Dr Momna Hejmadi, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, gave a presentation on the topic of using multiple choice questions (MCQs) in Moodle for summative assessment, with many tips and points to consider. Momna's experience comes from having been involved with a TDF project to investigate the use of Moodle quizzes for assessment across multiple departments.
Read Momna's case study including: context; how it was set up; benefits; and points to consider when trying this yourself
Watch a full recording of the event (27 minutes plus discussion)
The main drivers for moving towards using Moodle MCQs for asssessment were:
- NSS/PTES scores
- Students prefer timely feedback rather than quality feedback#1
- Increasing student numbers (349 cohort in 2015/16)
- Time pressures on staff in enhancing research metrics
- Selective/Strategic learning in years 1 and 2.
The first year in which Momna trailed this new system ran smoothly, however the second year with an even further increased cohort size did not. At this point the contingency plan was used, which is why Momna stressed that involving AV, registry and e-learning at all stages of design and implementation was necessary.
If you are interesting in using MCQs in your teaching, read the case study on using Peerwise which allows students to create and answer their own MCQs across the cohort.
Large cohorts of undergraduate students can produce a great amount of marking in exam time. How would you like to reduce the time you spend marking, be able to provide timely feedback to your students, and also minimise selective learning? Dr Momna Hejmadi co-ran a TDF project investigating the use of summative multiple choice question assessments on Moodle to achieve those aims.
This LITEbox session will explore the benefits of using multiple choice questions to assist in assessing large groups of students, how assessment was made reliable, fair, and secure, and finally offer the chance to discuss any questions you may have with implementation of similar practice.
Dr Momna Hejmadi, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, has research interests which include pedagogical research into learning and teaching. She has very successfully run a similar session before, so sign up now.