Writing Readiness Assurance Tests for TBL

Friday, November 13, 1:00-3:00 pm
Room G316 Health Professions, Nursing & Pharmacy (HPNP) Building

Team-Based Learning (TBL) requires careful mapping of content and assessments.  To best guide students through pre-class preparation and the readiness assurance process instructors need to be able to create high quality learning objectives and multiple choice questions.  The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to key principles of writing good learning objectives and multiple choice questions (MCQs).


  1. Explain the purpose of a well-written learning objective.
  2. Define the elements of a good “higher order” learning objective.
  3. Identify the most common flaws in poorly written MCQs.
  4. Appreciate the difficulty and value of writing good MCQs.

Preparation Assignment:  Please read TBL Backward Design before the workshop.  Please also read the guidelines for writing multiple choice questions at the following website:  http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/writing-good-multiple-choice-test-questions/.

Workshop Presenters:

Michelle Farland, PharmD
Clinical Associate Professor
Dept. of Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research
UF College of Pharmacy
TBLC Trainer-Consultant
Wayne T. McCormack, PhD
Distinguished Teaching Scholar & Professor
Dept. of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
UF College of Medicine
Past President, Team-Based Learning Collaborative