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Why not Multiple Choice? It is on the tip of my fingers

Why not Multiple Choice? It is on the tip of my fingers
Bonnie Jeansonne

Yes, I do use multiple choice because they are means of dealing with the marking load until I can redesign a course. Philosophically, I do not agree with them. Although some facts are needed to function and create categories, the multiple choice test may become overly used because it can provide ‘feedback’.  Perhaps a student doesn’t need the feedback but just a different way of showing what they know? The internet is becoming an extension of a person’s memory. George Siemens and Stephen Downes see this process of using internet as memory a learning theory they call Connectivism.  I see it more as a retrieval process but definitely one that changes the nature of assessment or at least. I`ll confess, I don’t know my times tables (I can explain why some other time) and have love hate relationship with my smart phone. Memory is no longer on the tip or my tongue but on the tip of my fingers and available to almost everyone.

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