Click on the title below to read a paper from a work in progress by David A. Katz on testing called Active Assessement:
This material is part of the active learning activities used by David A. Katz in the classroom. A recent report has confirmed that students get better grades and fail less when professors use active-learning methods in the classroom (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2014, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1319030111).
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Five active assessment problems that have been used with students in the Rutgers University (of New Jersey) Academic Challenge, in 2000-2002, are detailed below. Each problem contains the grading Rubric used. Since the judges were multidisciplined, the Rubrics were formulated by a team of science educators so as to have uniform evaluations. These problems, along with general considerations, addressed above, were discussed in symposia on Active Assessment, Hands-on Testing, and Laboratory Practical Exams at ACS meetings, NSTA National Conferences, ChemEd 2003, the 18th BCCE, and several ICCE conferences.