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Invitation FEBcon 8: To guess or not to guess

06 January 2020

You are invited

…to the eighth FEBcon workshop: To guess or not to guess, a motivation for changing guessing corrections in multiple choice questions

  • Thursday, 16 January
  • 15:30-16:30, with networking drinks to follow
  • Location: Career Services meeting point
  • Speaker: Steffen Eriksen

What can you expect?

Multiple choice questions as a form of assessment is frequently used at FEB and is becoming more popular due to the rise in the number of students. Given this increase, it also becomes more important that a proper guessing correction is in place that is fair and transparent.

The commonly applied guessing correction at FEB currently has two problems. First, the way the correction is conducted is often very difficult and not transparent. Second, the commonly applied guessing corrections also promotes the wrong type of behavior from the student taking the test. As the student taking the test can just guess when in doubt. As a result, the commonly applied guessing corrections are unable to differentiate between a student who actually knows the material being tested from a lucky guesser. An alternative guessing correction that builds on penalizing incorrect answers overcomes the problems mentioned above. Results from a randomized controlled trial reveal that the average grade of students from a first year course is positively affected when shifting to the proposed guessing correction.

This FEBcon meeting will start with a short presentation by Steffen Eriksen who will discuss the results of a randomized experiment to promote a different type of guessing correction. Afterwards you will discuss the use of guessing correction. You can also bring your own guessing correction method and share this with your colleagues. During this session there will be ample space for questions and discussion.


FEBcon is an Educators Platform for FEB lecturers to learn from each other on educational innovations and good practices. FEBcon aims to keep lecturers up-to-date on new (technology) teaching tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources and methods. FEBcon consist of an online web platform and regularly one-hour workshops & networking. The web platform is a storage of teaching tools and information of previous meetings. The one-hour workshops & networking will be a face to face meeting by and for FEB lecturers to discuss and share teaching experiences.

If you want to share a good teaching practice with your colleagues or want to address a problem you face during teaching, please let us know.

We hope to see you on Thursday 16 January.

Kind regards,

Miriam Ossevoort , Koos Winnips & Jan Riezebos

Last modified:25 January 2023 3.51 p.m.

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