To help people who build instruction for adults, I facilitate blended and self-paced online courses that include the evidence-based approaches. These courses offer actionable, easy-to-apply tactics, hands-on practice, and feedback. Please join my email list (top right of the page) for updates and occasional discounts.

Write Better Multiple-Choice Questions

Multiple-choice questions are hard to write well. Too many multiple-choice questions measure recall of course content rather than achievement of (well-written) learning objectives! Poorly chosen and written multiple-choice questions damage assessment validity and supply data with little value.


In this course, Patti teaches the tactics for writing learning objectives and multiple-choice questions that measure them. The course is self-paced and online, including online discussions for asking questions and discussing insights. She also offers this course for work teams and organizations. Discounts are available for group attendance.

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Participants say...


Patti will make you confront learning objectives and the deeper purpose of assessments.  She helps us abandon some of those tired learning objectives we've been using for years we've always known were kinda lame like "explain, describe, and list."  

I really liked how the course emphasized key points (example: reliability and validity in assessments) as well as provide us with lovely job aids and solid, challenging practice.

Jane Gire
Director of Performance Programs, Dental Services Company, USA


All the information includes hands-on exercises, so you immediately practice to acquire understanding. I have just finished creating five online courses to learn English for Spanish speakers and will incorporate what I learned to make the quizzes better. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve the effectiveness of their content design. 

Robert Brandwayn
Language Coach and E-Learning Instructional Designer, Bogotá, Colombia

Patti provided me with comprehensive research to practice guides, interactive class sessions, and robust practice experiences to foster the critical skill set of writing substantive multiple-choice questions to assess actual learner performance.  I strongly encourage everyone involved with performance assessment to take Patti's illuminating and enriching course.

Andrew Muccio, Instructional Designer, Hawaii, USA

This course has an expert facilitator, top-notch resource materials, well-designed practice activities, in-depth research on the topic, and lively discussion both live and online. We explored not just the How of writing good multiple choice questions, but also the Why. Perfect timing! My new project includes a summative assessment, and I'm excited to apply what I learned.

Kim Lindsey, Lead Learning Experience Designer, USA

Patti’s course on writing assessments has been invaluable in helping me write effective, credible assessments for my online learning courses and assessments. There is a wealth of well-researched detail about what exactly goes into writing an effective multiple-choice question and how these questions relate to the bigger picture of effective learning. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who wants to make their learning more effective as well as anyone who needs to write effective assessments.

Nick Tchan, Instructional designer, Australia

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