Proposal Title

Linking Assessment and Instruction in Large Enrollment Courses: Collaborative Group Testing

Proposal Abstract

A difficult issue with large enrollment classes is reforming assessment practices to match the innovative instructional practices. One student-centered strategy is to engage students in collaborative group work. In this session, I describe the collaborative group testing we have been conducting in biotechnology classes. I will discuss practical strategies, theoretical rationales, and the results of investigating the usefulness of the novel assessment approach. Specifically, this study compared 115 students' scores on group tests vs. individual tests and students' perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of group testing through interviews and surveys. Discussion of ideas was the most common advantage reported by the students, as well as the reduction of test anxiety. Findings suggest that collaborative testing is an effective strategy to try in large courses.

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Room 217

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 28th, 10:00 AM Mar 28th, 10:45 AM

Linking Assessment and Instruction in Large Enrollment Courses: Collaborative Group Testing

Room 217

A difficult issue with large enrollment classes is reforming assessment practices to match the innovative instructional practices. One student-centered strategy is to engage students in collaborative group work. In this session, I describe the collaborative group testing we have been conducting in biotechnology classes. I will discuss practical strategies, theoretical rationales, and the results of investigating the usefulness of the novel assessment approach. Specifically, this study compared 115 students' scores on group tests vs. individual tests and students' perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of group testing through interviews and surveys. Discussion of ideas was the most common advantage reported by the students, as well as the reduction of test anxiety. Findings suggest that collaborative testing is an effective strategy to try in large courses.