Learn to Craft Better MCQs for TBL at #TBLC23

The 2023 Annual TBLC Meeting will be held in sunny Orlando, Florida from March 11-14, 2023. New for the in-person meetings is the opportunity to take all five courses required for the Knowledge of the Fundamentals of TBL certificate program! Beginning on Saturday morning, attendees will have the opportunity to complete the program from start to finish and leave the meeting certified in facilitating TBL!  The second workshop in the series is Evaluating Multiple Choice Questions for Readiness Assurance Tests and Application Activities.

Evaluating Multiple Choice Questions for Readiness Assurance Tests and Application Activities
Facilitators: Suzan Kamel-ElSayed – OUWB School of Medicine
William Ofstad – West Coast University

Roberson & Franchini (2014) proposed five possible uses of MCQs in TBL. First, MCQs may be useful as ‘naive’ tasks presented before the RAT to stimulate interest/ engagement. Second, MCQs may be useful as knowledge/ comprehension RAT questions (@ 2/3 of a typical RAT). Third, MCQs may be useful as entry-level application RAT questions (@ 1/3 of a typical RAT). Fourth, MCQs may be useful as low-level informed Application Activities. Fifth, MCQs may be useful as high-level informed Application Activities. Because they have many important uses TBL, instructors must be able to evaluate MCQs for quality, for cognitive level, and for place-of-best-fit in TBL. That is, instructors must know the ‘rules’ for writing high quality/ varying cognitive level MCQs and decide whether available MCQs are of high, medium, or low quality. In addition, they must understand Bloom’s Taxonomy and determine the cognitive level of available MCQs. Specifically, instructors must be able to determine whether MCQs assess the knowledge/ comprehension, application/ analysis, or synthesis/ evaluation levels. Finally, instructors must be knowledgeable about the purpose/ makeup of RATs and Application Activities and use that knowledge to decide the place-of-best-fit is for available MCQs.

Learning objectives for Evaluating Multiple Choice Questions include:

  • Compare and contrast MCQs for RATs, exams and applications
  • Link MCQs to session learning outcomes
  • Identify common errors and barriers to writing effective MCQ questions

Meet The Facilitators

Suzan Kamel-ElSayed
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Associate Professor in the Department of the Foundational Medical Studies
Program Committee Chair for the TBLC 2023 Annual Meeting

William Ofstad
West Coast University
Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
President-Elect of TBLC

For the full list of workshops and more details on the 2023 TBLC Meeting, please click here. We’ll see you in Orlando!