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25 Jun
Becoming a Grading Guru: Designing Better Test Questions
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Trainings & Workshops

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Faculty

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Teaching Center Teaching Support

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University Center for Teaching and Learning
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Becoming a Grading Guru: Designing Better Test Questions

The traditional exam has been much-maligned in higher education. Educators bulk at the notion of “teaching to the test.” But are tests, or teaching to tests, really bad things when the test questions are well-designed, challenging, and provoke critical thinking?

During this workshop, we’ll explore how to create better test questions and practice composing test questions which are both clear and rigorous.

As a result of completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize when it is appropriate to assess students using exams
  • Identify different types of objective test questions
  • Explain the pros and cons of different types of objective test questions in order to determine when each type might be appropriate to use
  • Explain how test results can be used as an instructional tool
  • Begin to compose clear, appropriately challenging objective test questions which align with learning objectives and learning objective levels

This is the third workshop in the Become a Grading Guru series. 

The series includes:

  • The Grading Process and Providing Effective Feedback
  • Designing Rubrics
  • Designing Better Test Questions

Participants may complete the entire series or can pick and choose individual workshops to develop specific knowledge and skills. We recommend that participants enroll in the first workshop in the series, The Grading Process and Providing Effective Feedback,before completing Designing Better Test Questions if possible, because it includes an overview of grading best practices and foundational ideas that will be relevant in other workshops in this series.

This workshop may be counted toward the Pedagogy concentration of the Achievement in Pedagogy badge, offered through the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative. For more information, visit the Teaching Center's website or contact tahelp@pitt.edu.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

Tuesday, June 25 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Alumni Hall, 815
4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.