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Authentic Assessment Toolbox

The Authentic Assessment Toolbox was developed by a proponent of authentic assessment (i.e. using rubrics to evaluate projects, creating portfolios, or assigning papers as a means of assessing learning). However, creator Jon Mueller recognizes that there are times when one is limited to multiple choice tests -- most forms of online assessments among them. He offers advice for creating questions that assess higher-order thinking and minimize the chance that students can simply guess correctly. He answers basic questions, like "What is a sufficient number of items per standard?", addresses terminology, and discusses assessing more than factual knowledge.

With online quizzes in particular, since they generate digitized response data, it's easy for instuctors to miss the weaknesses in their quiz questions. Mike Dickinson for Learning Solutions Magazine provides the models he uses to analyze and improve multiple choice questions.


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