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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: Assessments, Learning Design

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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: Assessments, Learning Design

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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: Assessments, Learning Design

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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: Learning Design, Assessments, college readiness, Education

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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: Game-based learning, Learning Design

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What Would You Want to Measure Using Games?

Ben Paris

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

Recently, I joined our CEO, Tory VanVoorhis, on a panel to discuss the potential of games in the world of assessment. We explained what games can do, how to build them, and key questions to get you started. To motivate the discussion, we asked the attendees to identify the skills that they might like to measure with games.

Here are the skills that were mentioned most often:

Topics: game-based assessment, Game-based learning, Learning Design, Assessments

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Learning Design Best Practices

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Feb 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Realizing the potential of learning design is no simple task. Still, at Second Avenue, we’ve found that there are principles which, if applied, make successful outcomes more likely. Here are some of the most important learning design best practices:

Topics: Learning Design

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Why Learning Design is More Important than Ever

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Feb 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When we design, we unite purpose and action by determining how to best accomplish our goals. When we design learning, we do everything that needs to happen to ensure that learning experiences are effective, efficient, and relevant to learners. This includes:

Topics: Learning Design

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Flipping Bloom’s

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Feb 1, 2018 4:48:00 PM

In Edtech Is Trapped in Ben Bloom’s Basement,1 Jared Silver identifies a paradox in learning technology: technically, our gadgets and software are more sophisticated than ever, but the learning goals that this technology serves tend to be stuck in the basics. Educational technology should be helping us analyze the world around us, evaluate claims, and create new possibilities, but too much of what we do is focused on memorization, paraphrasing, and simply following instructions.

Topics: Bloom's Taxonomy, Gaming Bloom's, Ed tech, learning, Learning Design

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