Aug 17, 2021
In this episode, I answer a bunch of questions from Jerry Anzalone about the whacky strategies I have for testing in the A&P course. I discuss open online tests with multiple attempts, cumulative testing, pre-tests, test integrity, and much more. A virtual roundup of oddities!
0:00:00 | Introduction
0:00:54 | Quizzed About Tests
0:05:45 | Retaking Tests
0:29:37 | More on Retaking Tests
0:36:33 | Sponsored by AAA
0:38:27 | High Stakes and Low Stakes
0:46:06 | Sponsored by HAPI
0:47:30 | Open Book Tests
0:56:24 | Sponsored by HAPS
0:57:25 | Academic Integrity
1:06:17 | Final Thoughts
1:11:27 | Staying Connected
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I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. (Robert Frost)
Kevin's friend Jerry Anzalone calls in to the podcast hotline with questions about Kevin's somewhat unusual methods of online testing in the A&P course.
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Kevin summarizes the core ideas behind his
online testing strategy: retrieval practice, spacing,
interleaving, randomized question sets/pools, and more, in
response to Jerry Anzalone's question...
You mentioned that you give your students the opportunity to retake the assessments as many times as necessary until they can answer the questions correctly. How exactly does that work in your courses?
The discussion continues by moving on to the topics of pre-tests and cumulative testing.
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Kevin answers Jerry's next couple of questions...
Do unlimited retakes apply only to formative assessments such as low stakes quizzes?
How much of the overall course grade do these unlimited test opportunities make up?
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Kevin talks hows and whys in response to this question from
You also mentioned open-book or open-resource tests. How do you use open-book tests as assessments in your courses. For example, do your courses include one or more mid-term exams, multiple unit or module or chapter tests, frequent quizzes, and which of these, if any, are open book?
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Kevin answers Jerry's final question:
Finally, how do you try to maintain standards of academic integrity with repeat test opportunities and open book tests?
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