Teaching & Learning


Multiple Choice Questions: improving assessment decisions - online

04 March 2022, 10:30 am–11:30 am

two students studying at laptops

Explore the benefits and challenges of using MCQs in both formative and summative assessment, and get practical guidance on designing good MCQs in AssessmentUCL.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Digital Assessment Team

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4 March, 10.30am-11.30am. Online event. 

Multiple choice questions have often had a bad rap in education, sometimes seen as assessing only lower level skills such as factual recall. However, with good question design this assessment approach can allow for testing of more complex cognitive processes. Add in the increasing sophistication of options offered by digital assessment platforms, which allow automatic grading and statistical analysis, and you can begin to significantly streamline your marking processes.

This workshop will explore the benefits and challenges of using MCQs in both formative and summative assessment and provide practical guidance on:

  • Constructing good MCQs
  • The range of MCQs available on digital platforms, focussing on AssessmentUCL.

There will be time for discussion and questions.

After attending this session, you will be able to: 

  • Create worthwhile MCQs that test a range of learning outcomes.
  • Understand the range of MCQs available on digital platforms and how they can be used, focussing on AssessmentUCL.

Who should attend this session

All those engaged in teaching, assessment and the support of learning (academics, administrators, professional service colleagues).