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NREMT Item Writing Workshop Day 1 Recap

I just completed day 1 of an NREMT item writing workshop at NREMT headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. So far it has been a great experience and I have learned a lot about the process of constructing test items. Item Writer Selection The NREMT regularly invites EMS educators to apply to be item writers. I submitted […]

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Multiple Choice Question Writing: Bloom's Taxonomy

In the 1950s Benjamin Bloom led a group of psychologists to develop Bloom’s Taxonomy, a classification of the levels of learning. The taxonomy is a pyramid; the basic and bottom level of learning is knowledge. Building up, learners are expected at the next levels to apply, analyze, synthesize and finally evaluate the information they have […]

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Multiple Choice Quiz Writing: Terminology

As with anything, quiz question writing has its own set of jargon. Stem – The question. Avoid negative in the stem. “Which of the terms is NOT important?” Match your stems to your objectives. List the objectives on the assessment and write questions for each objective. Write clear and concise stems that the learner should […]

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5 Quiz Question Writing Tips

I use Articulate e-learning software to create quiz questions for online EMT and paramedic continuing education. The software makes the process easy. ┬áThe real difficulty is writing quiz questions that engage the learner and assess their new knowledge based on the lesson objectives. Determining the type and difficulty of quiz questions as well as actually […]

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Audio: 911 Call for Balloon Boy

One of the biggest challenges EMS professionals and our colleagues in 911 telecommunications face is continuing to ask questions in the face of an improbably story. Take a few minutes and listen to the 911 call from the parents of balloon bay. The dispatcher did a fantastic job of continuing to ask questions that were […]