15-20 June 2014
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne
America/Toronto timezone
Welcome to the 2014 CAP Congress! / Bienvenue au congrès de l'ACP 2014!

Using Conceptual Multiple Choice Questions

19 Jun 2014, 08:45
FA-054+5+6 (Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne)


Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Sudbury, Ontario
Oral (Non-Student) / orale (non-étudiant) Physics Education / Enseignement de la physique (DPE-DEP) (R1-1) Interactive Teaching/Teaching with Technology - DPE / Enseignement interactif et à l'aide de la technologie - DEP


Ian Blokland (University of Alberta, Augustana Campus)


High-quality conceptual multiple choice questions are the key ingredient to the effective use of personal response systems within lectures and to many diagnostic instruments such as the Force Concept Inventory. In addition, they can easily be incorporated into examinations as a complementary way to probe topic mastery, particularly for ideas that don't lend themselves well to traditional numerical problems. Perhaps the biggest drawback to using conceptual multiple choice questions is the effort needed to create them, particularly at an appropriate level of difficulty and in sufficient numbers to distribute over several iterations of a course. With this in mind, I have expanded and organized my collection of such questions, spanning topics across most typical first- and second-year university physics curricula. This talk will introduce the collection and provide suggestions for its most effective use. Most importantly, I will freely provide access to this collection to other instructors.

Primary author

Ian Blokland (University of Alberta, Augustana Campus)

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