Tests as Teaching Tools

Workshop presentation and materials prepared by:

Jane Marone, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
Vahe Caliskan, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert Paul Malchow, Department of Biological Sciences

This workshop focused on novel use of tests and assessments as teaching tools to improve student engagement and educational outcomes. A short presentation on “backwards course design” was followed by small-group, interactive activities to illustrate how tests and assessments might be used to bolster student learning. All faculty interested in using new approaches to improve student learning outcomes were encouraged to attend.

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Workshop Material:

Tests as Teaching Tools_ppt

Resources:

Björnsdóttir, A., Garfield, J., & Everson, M. (2015). Evaluating two models of collaborative tests in an online introductory statistics course. Statistics Education Research Journal, 14(1).

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Burrowes, P.A. (2003). A student-centered approach to teaching general biology that really works: Lord’s constructivist model put to a test. The American Biology Teacher, 65(7), 491-502.

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Gilley, B.H., & Clarkston, B. (2014). Collaborative testing: Evidence of learning in a controlled in-class study of undergraduate students. Journal of College Science Teaching, 43(3), 83-91.

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Leight, H., Saunders, C., Calkins, R., & Withers, M. (2012). Collaborative testing improves performance but not content retention in a large-enrollment introductory biology class. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 11(4), 392-401.

Wilson, L.D. (2007). High-stakes testing in mathematics. In F.K. Lester (Ed.), Second handbook of research on mathematics teaching and learning (pp. 1099-1110). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Pennebaker, J.W., Gosling, S.D., & Ferrell, J.D. (2013). Daily online testing in large classes: Boosting college performance while reducing achievement gaps. PloS one, 8(11), e79774.