Designing Questions

Clicker Response Systems can support higher levels of critical thinking through various approaches to multiple-choice questioning that encourages content depth. Clicker questions can be:

    • Recall Questions
    • Conceptual Response Questions
    • Application Questions
    • Critical Thinking Questions
    • Student Perspective Questions
    • Confidence Level Questions
    • Monitoring Questions
    • Classroom Experiments Questions

Additional information regarding types of clicker questions.

Here are more thoughts on “types of clicker questions” to help you think outside box:

Sample Questions from Different Cognitive Levels

Source: Ohio State University

  • Focus: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation

Thought Questions: A New Approach to Using Clickers

Source: Teresa Foley and Pei-San Tsai, Integrative Physiology Department, University of Colorado-Boulder

  • Focuse: Higher-level, Open-ended Questions (Examples included)

Multiple-Choice Questions You Wouldn’t Put on a Test: Promoting Deep Learning Using Clickers

Source: Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University

  • Features: One-Best-Answer, Student Perspective, Misconception, and Peer Assessment questions

Writing Clicker Questions

Best Practice: Writing Multiple Choice Questions published by Turning Technologies.

A quick guide on clicker questions designs and taboos.

Multiple-Choice Questions vs. Multiple-Choice Clicker Questions

So…what’s the difference? This chart highlights some fundamental differences in content, format, style, steam, and choices.

Bola C. King. (2009). “Clicker Questions: Design and Examples.” Department of English, UCSB.

Samples Clicker Questions by Subject

Chemistry and Biology

English – See pages 6-10

Math and Statistics

Physics – See Slides 41, 54, 55

Sociology – See pages 23+

Sciences – See pages 28-32

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