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Designing Web-Based Training: How to Teach Anyone Anything Anywhere Anytime by William Horton

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7.3. SELECT THE RIGHT TYPE OF QUESTION

You can use a variety of test questions. This section introduces the most popular types. It is weighted heavily toward simple ones that do not require the latest technology, high-bandwidth connections, or lots of plug-ins. It also features ones that can be evaluated by the computer.

7.3.1.

7.3.1.1. True/False questions

True/false questions require learners to decide between two alternatives, typically saying whether a statement is true or false.

Here are examples of true/false questions from a course on identifying minerals.

7.3.1.2. When to use true/false questions

Use true-false choices to test learners' abilities to make definite judgments. True-false questions require learners to make a binary decision:

  • Is a statement right or wrong?

  • Will a procedure work or not?

  • Is a procedure safe or unsafe?

  • Does an example comply with standards?

  • Should you approve or reject a proposal?

  • Which of two alternatives should I pick?

Before using a true/false question, consider other types of questions as well. True/false questions are restricted to simple cases and may encourage guessing:

However, a well-designed true-false question that requires the same thought processes as the real world activity is more accurate and valuable than a three-dimensional, immersive simulation that invokes only the decision-making skills of the video-game parlor.

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