Lecture: General Purpose Assessment
Content Tested: Lecture-Dependent
Develop ability to apply principles and generalizations already learned
to new problems and situations
Develop appropriate study skills, strategies, and habits
Learn terms and facts of this subject
Learn concepts and theories in this subject
Learn to evaluate methods and materials in this subject
Develop a commitment to accurate work
Develop ability to perform skillfully
Assessment Technique: Student Generated Test Questions
This activity allows instructors to collect written feedback about what
students think are the most important concepts discussed in lecture.
Give students time to write their own test question:
In your groups (or individually), write 2 (or more) test questions that
test concepts discussed in today's lecture. Your questions can be
of the following forms (this is up to the instructor): multiple choice,
short answer, programming exercise. Please be sure to include the
question as well as the answer.
Possible Uses of Activity:
After groups or individuals have written their test questions, have them
"quiz" the other members of the class with their question. If the
class is stumped, have the group or individual presenting explain the answer.
The instructor should also monitor the content of the questions to see
what students think are important concepts -- be sure to address this issue
if question content is something other than what the instructor thinks
is central to the course.
If the questions fit the instructor's testing style, then the instructor
might want to include some of the student-generated test questions on the
next graded quiz or exam. Students will feel like they are contributing
to the course if they see their question on graded material.