Mining Students' Attempts in Multiple Choices Exams to Understand Students' Learning

Posted by Essam Kosba on March 7 2014 at 8:55 a.m.

  • When the multiple choice item is designed, do each of the distractor choices inform the instructor of different or partial misunderstandings? For instance, a math item set of distractors may reveal an error in calculation, another distractor may reveal a misapplication of a solution strategy, and a third may show that the student doesn't have any skills in solving a particular type of problem. I am very interested in item design and what teachers are able to interpret based on how students answer items.


  • Thanks Lara. Yes, you are completely right. Choices are designed in order to show misconceptions in different concepts related to the main concept of the question.


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