By Matt Smith
Here are a few of the ideas that were discussed at the latest QE TeachMeet.
- It was felt that regular quick tests every week was having a positive impact on learning. What students did following the test was almost more important than the test itself. To this end some colleagues actually gave the same test to students a few days later in order to see if they had taken any action. Others got students to work in groups to go through a test and expected them to annotate their work in a different colour to show they had responded to the feedback.
- Fronloaders ( blog here ) were being used by more and more departments as a way to start a topic or for revision of a topic.
- To reduce marking and to make the marking that is done more useful it was suggested that students should hand in single paragraphs instead of a full essay. This way they could receive feedback on how to write a perfect paragraph and once they had mastered this they could then hand in a whole essay.
- Using technology to test students was also talked about.