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Planning for misconceptions

As experts in our own subjects we are all aware of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings that students make. In history for example, when working with dates, some students might mistakenly think for that 400 BC is more recent that 300 BC – the misconception being that the larger the number, the more recent it is. 269 more words


Thingamajig, Thingamabob

I filled out the RWA/Stanford Survey thingamajig yesterday. (Yes, I did just use the word “thingamajig” in an opening line. Is there no clearer sign of writerly rot than that? 120 more words


500 Words At A Time: Exams And You

Going back to school? Get ready for a lot of exams. Every single stinking test is called an exam. Even when the professor calls it something else, such as a quiz or test, they mean exam. 945 more words


New multiple choice answer sheet is the anti-cheating gift from the teacher gods

Multiple choice tests were already annoying enough; let’s see the Scantron machine scan this answer sheet. 281 more words

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BLOG: Top 10 Question Writing Crimes #TBT

A couple of years ago we posted a blog – based on ‘The Great Duck Race’ we created as game sponsors of the eLearning Awards – detailing the things people get so wrong when setting quiz and assessment questions. 1,002 more words