There are many ways to assess student learning. Traditionally, I create my own tests however, for one assessment in an English 101, I decided to try something different. As an assignment on Essay writing key terms, the students constructed their own test and an answer sheet. Of course, I did not relinquish the reins entirely to the student. I set the general parameters for the assignment but my role became more of a facilitator and coach. Some of the students were initially hesitant about this transformative experience, but they got on board. Students also reviewed and took tests constructed by their peers. This assignment promoted self-directed learning and was successful. Through the exercise of designing their own test, students were able to set learning targets. Students were engaged and even had fun. Student tests scores rose by 10%. They seemed to retain the information and grades improved overall.
What a neat idea; it sounds like a great way for students to feel confident in foundational concepts that you want to ensure they all know.
I love the student interaction-great approach to student learning!
WOW, this is a great idea giving the students a more, "hand on" approach.
Good idea! Allowing students to engage in creating a task causes learning. I will use this idea in the future.