Reimagine Learning

Matching, Sorting, and Sequencing

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Jul 17, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Matching, sorting, and sequencing are worth considering together, because they share the same advantages and disadvantages. Essentially, they are all good item types when used appropriately, but they aren’t appropriate in every context.

Topics: Learning Design, Assessments

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Writing Tasks

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Jul 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The case for including writing tasks in an assessment strategy has some very powerful arguments on its side. For starters, writing is itself a fundamental skill that is important in a wide variety of settings. Written communication is required for virtually every role in the modern economy, and so it makes sense to want to know whether students, colleagues, and job applicants can write effectively.

Topics: Learning Design, Assessments

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Multiple Answer (Select All That Apply) Questions

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Jul 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Multiple answer (select all that apply) questions share many of the advantages and disadvantages of multiple choice questions, their close cousin. However, instead of asking the learner to select exactly one choice, multiple answer questions ask you to choose all the options that fit the description in the question stem. For example, you could be given a list of numbers and be asked to click on those that are prime, or you could be given a list of animals and be asked to select all of the insects, and so on.

Topics: Learning Design, Assessments

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True/False Questions

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Jun 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

True/false questions are really multiple choice questions with two answers: true and false. They tend to get used in low-stakes assessments, to generate class discussion, or because sometimes learning designers want to include questions that are easier to answer. However, they tend not to be used in high-stakes assessment, for these reasons:

Topics: Learning Design, Assessments

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Multiple Choice Questions

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Jun 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

By some measures, multiple choice questions are the most popular question type in assessment.They show up everywhere, across disciplines, across ages, in traditional education, in the business world, in certification exams and seemingly everywhere you look. Multiple choice questions aren’t popular with everyone, though. Students typically have a less positive view of them, and they’re subject to criticism from educators, instructional designers and other avenues.

Topics: Learning Design, Assessments

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Assessment Design at Second Avenue Learning

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Jun 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

Assessment is measurement, and there are many things worth measuring in learning environments. We want to know what learners know and what they can do so that we can tell whether learning objectives have been achieved and what role learning experiences played in helping people accomplish those objectives.

Topics: Learning Design, Assessments

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Choosing Assessment Item Types

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on May 23, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

Writing good assessments is of course a major part of learning design, but before anyone writes any questions, it’s worth putting some thought into deciding which question types you want to include. You may want multiple choice questions, but you might want other item types as well. Or maybe you want something completely different. To make sense of this decision, we’ve constructed this overview of the process of choosing item types, and in subsequent posts we’ll provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the most common (and even some of the less common) item types.

Topics: Learning Design, Assessments

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What Makes a Good Assessment?

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on May 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM

When we design assessments at Second Avenue Learning, we remember our experiences as learners. As learners, we remember when tests were fair, clear, and well-connected with what we were supposed to be learning. That doesn’t mean that we necessarily enjoyed the testing experience, but we could tell when a test was well designed. We also remembered what it felt like to take tests that were confusing and arbitrary.

Topics: Learning Design, Assessments

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Testing Should Promote Learning Goals (and Not the Other Way Around)

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Apr 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Imagine that you’re a visitor from another world, examining the US education system. Much of the experience would be pretty close to what you might expect of Earthlings, but you might be surprised to find out how much time we spend on tests. And it isn’t just taking the tests, either. It’s also the time preparing for the tests, reviewing key concepts, practicing under realistic and time-pressured conditions, and getting students ready for the psychological aspects of testing.

Topics: Education, Learning Design, college readiness, Assessments

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Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Apr 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Gamification is trending these days. Or is it game-based learning? Or serious games? Or something else? Does it really make a difference? It’s possible to create an intricate matrix of terms and definitions on this subject,1 but does that really help anyone?

Topics: Learning Design, Game-based learning

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