Best Practices for Writing Clicker Questions

I am frequently asked how one goes about writing effective clicker questions.  My usual approach is to share examples of useful clicker questions of different types from a variety of disciplines.  That works well, but I believe that some who ask me this question are looking for something more directive.  I included many suggestions for writing clicker questions in Chapter 4 of my book, but I was recently asked by a colleague for some other resources on this topic.  After putting together a list of a few resources in an email to him, I thought I might share it here, as well.

One flash of insight I had recently is that, at least for me, it’s not really creating questions that’s tough. The hard part is figuring out what I want my students to learn from the class, and casting that in terms of what I want my students to be able to do.

I’ll add that I have an article that should complement the above resources that’s due to come out soon.  I’ll be sure to share it here when it’s available.

Other suggestions for succinct advice on writing clicker questions?

Update: In the comments below, Stephanie Chasteen mentions a video produced by the University of Colorado that includes strategies for writing clickers questions. Here’s the video:

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