Thirteen Suggestions for Writing Engaging, Relevant, and Validated Questions
Abstract: One of the most challenging parts of designing an asynchronous e-learning program is writing questions that foster interaction and assess learning. Part of the problem results from the limited ability of computers to process responses to questions (even with all of their sophisticated capabilities). Most of the software for creating e-learning programs limits questions to those that can be easily processed: true/false, multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and fill-in-the-blank. But perhaps part of the problem is that e-learning designers let these mechanics of questioning interfere with the conceptualization of question. Starting that process of reconceptualizing questions is the purpose of this interactive workshop. It begins with opportunities to address challenges in writing test questions. Those challenges become a springboard to exploring specific suggestions for writing engaging, relevant, and validated questions.