‘A nice demonstration of a problem with multiple-choice questions’

That was my husband’s comment when we were analysing responses to the question shown on the left. Start by noting that although this is a drag and drop question it is indeed effectively a multiple-choice (or multiple-response) question – you can choose from eight pre-determined options for each ‘blank’ that you are required to fill. It is also worth noting that this question is on the formative-only practice assessment.

62% of students get the question right at first attempt. However 23% are still wrong after three attempts, having received all our carefully crafted feedback. And whilst 54.1% of responses are completely correct, all the other responses appear to have been guessed from the plausible options. Not really how you want students to be answering questions. Not good! I wrote the question, so I’m allowed to say that.

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