Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 08:37:47 EDT
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From: Jim Kaufman <Labsafe**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: DCHAS-L Digest - 6 Jun 2005 to 7 Jun 2005 (#2005-61)
Comments: To: labsafety-l**At_Symbol_Here**

I'd suggest making all the answers correct but not of equal importance.  Ask
your student to select the best answer.  The answers can even have different
values for the "good" "better" and "best" choice.

Regards, ... Jim

In a message dated 6/8/2005 12:01:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
LISTSERV**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU writes:

> Date:   Tue, 7 Jun 2005 10:32:06 -0700
> From:   Sheila Kennedy 
> Subject: questions
> This an appeal for assistance.
> I'm writing a multiple-choice safety exam for undergraduate lab
> students. In this exam, I want to question the reasoning for the lab
> rules/safety practices, not just what the rules allow or forbid. I'm
> finding this fairly difficult, as I object to using false information as
> distracters (wrong answers).
> My solution, so far, has been to ask about priorities (which of these
> items should you do first?) and use questions where all choices are
> correct, but not all answer the question at hand
> What is the reason for prohibiting ALL chewing gum, food, drink, and
> smoking materials in the chemistry labs?
> Dried gum under lab benches
> Delay of lab work
> The possibility of contamination and poisoning
> No appropriate disposal containers
> Health concerns for those with food allergies
> If you have such questions - or ideas on how to approach this, please
> share your ideas with me. I will, of course, share the results with
> anyone who's interested. Let me know (off list).
> --
> Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
> Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories
> Department of Chemistry &Biochemistry
> University of California, San Diego
> 9500 Gilman Dr.
> La Jolla, CA  92093-0303
> (858) 534-0221

James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.

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