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Alternative Classroom Techniques for Testing and Reviewing - Tips - FaCET

Alternative Classroom Techniques for Testing and Reviewing

Tip Sheet No. 34

by Greg Baur, Computer Science & Darleen Pigford,

Computer Science from the CTL Workshop, Sept. 10, 1997

1. Investing time in review is worthwhile and valuable not only for pretesting purposes.

2. Anonymous questioning: small groups of students or individuals have two minutes to generate questions or three areas for review. The professor or a panel of students answers the questions.

3. Blind multiple choice: a regular multiple choice test is graded only with respect to the total number correct (individual items not scored). Students must review to decide which of the items are correct/incorrect.

4. Reverse questioning: somewhat like “Jeopardy” in that the answer is given and students must come up with the question.

5. Oral test/review: questions are written on index cards and randomly drawn for individuals or teams to answer. Student responses vary from an answer, pass, add to or correct previous question. Professor scores the oral responses. Questions are posted after the review.

6. Bluebook quizzes: the same test booklet is used for frequent quizzes.; a template is used for the format of quizzes; written feedback is given by professor; a composite record of the student is maintained and used to help determine the final grade; personal demographics, records of attendance and conferences are also kept in the bluebook.

For more information about this workshop, contact the CTL staff or any of the following individuals who attended: Linda Parry, Jan Peeler, Matt Pruitt, Sherry Reid, Roger Scott, Kathy Tehrani, Linda Todd, Robert Wharton, or Carol Graham



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