To help people who build instruction for adults, I facilitate blended and self-paced online courses that include the evidence-based approaches I recommend. 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 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.


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 in self-paced and blended formats for work teams and organizations.

Cost: US$349/person with discounts for 3+ participants from the same organization attending the self-paced online course and teams of 10+ attending the blended course.


To find out more and get discounts, sign up for Patti's email list at the top of this page. To discuss bringing the course to your team or organization, use the contact form at the bottom of the page.


Get Patti's Top 10 Tactics for Improving Multiple-Choice Questions [PDF]?  here:


Check and Fix Understanding

The purpose of formative assessment is to influence participant understanding as instruction is taking place with the goal of fixing misunderstandings and missing understandings.

Researchers Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam made the case that properly implemented formative assessments help people learn substantially better than without them. They set off major interest in formative assessment with their two important research papers in 1998. Since then, many other researchers have weighed in.

Typical formative assessment in workplace learning includes no stakes questions and activities such as thinking aloud, practice, discussions, and questions. The purpose isn't to evaluate learning after it occurs but to find and fix problems that can impede further learning and application.

In this course, you will analyze when to use formative assessments and what methods to use in workplace learning and other adult learning environments.

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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