2007 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 24, 2007
HUB West Ballroom

Session Description


Point recapture: Learning from exams

Linda Martin-Morris - Biology


Too often instructors use exams for assessment only. They can serve a far more instructive role as well. Students will learn to hate and fear exams less if they are an avenue toward learning rather than merely a tool for weeding out good test takers from bad. Championed by many outstanding educators whose emphasis is on student learning (examples - Susan Gron at University of Delaware, Robin Wright at University of Minnesota), opportunities for point recapture AFTER an exam enable students to do more than bring up their grade. Designed purposefully, point recapture opportunties facilitate better comprehension of course concepts AND better habits of mind for students future exam preparation and exam-taking experiences.



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