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Sep 6, 2022

What’s the evidence telling us about effective questions for learning? How can we apply it? 

In this week's episode of The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Gemma is joined by fellow Custom team members Ross Garner, Sam and Alison to discuss key takeaways from Patti Shanks’ book, Write better multiple-choice questions to assess learning.  

We discussed:  

  • The role of questions in learning  
  • What makes an effective question 
  • How to overcome challenges in writing them. 

We talked about how we used open questions as part of a project with Scottish Enterprise. Find out more about the project here: Award-winning blended learning for Scottish Enterprise case study. 

In WILTW, Ross excitedly told us about the five attempts (and injuries!) that Bond’s stuntman took to nail the crocodile shot in Live and Let Die. You can watch them on Twitter:  

Gemma’s discovery about the Summer Time Act came from an episode of the BBC’s podcast You’re Dead to Me called ‘The History of Timekeeping’. 

Further details came from the BBC article, “The Builder who changed how the world keeps time”. 

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