How to construct multiple-choice questions and exams (MicroLab)

Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 12:00 - 14:00
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Constructing multiple-choice (MC) questions can be a challenging task. How do you make sure your assessment will be both reliable and valid?

In this MicroLab you will learn how to apply the quality criteria for MC questions to ensure the reliability and validity. This MicroLab has a blended format and consists of online preparation and a workshop. For example, one of the preparation assignments is reviewing example MC questions, which you will discuss with your peers in the workshop. After completing this Microlab you will have created or improved your own multiple-choice exam.


After following this MicroLab you will be able to:      

  • Construct MC exams following the three quality criteria
  • Evaluate your own MC questions following the quality criteria
    * Validity, reliability and transparency  

Target group and required prior knowledge  

This MicroLab is intended for teachers who make use of MC questions as method of assessment for their course. We will ask you to bring your own assessment products to the workshop. If this is not possible, please contact us about the possibilities. No specific prior knowledge is required to participate in this MicroLab.  

Please note that the content of this MicroLab is included in the UTQ from June 2018 and forward.  For whom who completed the UTQ before April 2018, this MicroLab can still be of added value.

Content, form and time investment    

Before attending the workshop, we ask you to prepare with the online materials (videos, manuals and preparations assignments) and upload your assignments in the online Canvas module (2-3 hours). Afterwards, there is a face-to-face workshop (2 hours). In the workshop, you will receive feedback upon your own MC assessment from the trainers and your peers.

Proof of Competence

The Microlab will be completed with a Proof of Competence. You will get a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge and a HR-registration of completion.

Signing up for this MicroLab

You can register for this MicroLab by contacting Risbo ( For EUR lecturers there will be no costs in participating in this MicroLab.

More information

MicroLabs are developed by research and training institute Risbo and made possible by the Community for Learning & Innovation. Please visit our page to view the other available MicroLabs.

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