Multiple choice questions and online learning in a hospital

I revisited this earlier this year in a couple of work projects. The staff I work with have science and/or medical degrees and in some cases PhDs too. We do use some as part of an assessment whilst being aware of limitations and also distracting cognitive issues around the question design which affect outcome. I don’t have a definitive opinion on whether MCQs should disappear for good now in 2017 or not. We’re having several discussions about practical applications of some quite specific learning where recall may help or not. What we are trying to do is document what we have done and work out whether we can review it to inform any further course development.

Cathy Moore’s post has great examples of these common issues: and there’s a nice summary in BMJ about why these are issues.

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