sanke at hrz.uni-kassel.de
Wed Mar 15 16:51:44 EST 2006
> Hello everyone,
> I was wondering if anyone has used Revolution in creating
> 1. A multiple choice quiz stack?
As an addendum to my previous post three hours ago:
You can find Steve Messimers "Preceptor Tools", which very much rely on
the "multiple-choice" principle, here :
There is also a stack "Multiple Choice Questionnaire" in folder "sample
projects" of the Revolution distribution. This stack might be
interesting as an example how specific questions of constructing
multiple-choice exercises are addressed and programmed, otherwise it is
very much sub-standard. At best it could serve as a starting point -
maybe it is intended as such - for developing exercises that are nearer
to state-of-the-art and state-of-the-discussion standards concerning
As an educational format, multiple-choice is very much disputed and
discouraged. Very often, multiple-choice exercises do not clearly
distinguish in their objectives, e.g. are they intended for "teaching",
"learning", or simply "testing"?
More modern teaching and testing procedures try to minimize the role of
"multiple-choice". Even the American SAT, which very much relied on
multiple-choice, is slowly steering away from this format as it adds
more and more essay and open-ended parts where you actively have to
produce responses and not only to recall and choose from preselected
answers. So does the FCAT, the "Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test",
which is applied at various grade levels in Florida schools and the main
threshold you have to pass to get your high-school diploma.
But designing multiple-choice exercises can be a nice programming
enterprise; this is what I had in mind when I produced my
multiple-choice tutorial. And, indeed, a carefully designed
multiple-choice exercise can be useful as a *part* of more comprehensive
teaching, learning, and testing strategies.
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