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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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Quizzed About Tests

5 minutes

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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Retaking Tests

24 minutes

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?

โ˜… Spaced Retrieval Practice | Episode 1

โ˜… Revisiting Retrieval Practice | Episode 68

โ˜… Taking Bold Steps in Teaching | Notetaking | Science Updates | TAPP 90

โ˜… Teaching For Long Term Learning | Episode 7

โ˜… Testing as Teaching


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More On Retaking Tests

7 minutes

The discussion continues by moving on to the topics of pre-tests and cumulative testing.

โ˜… Pre-Testing for a Powerful Learning Boost | Episode 3

โ˜… Cumulative Testing Makes Learning Last | Episode 4

โ˜… Long Term Learning | Five Strategies for Teaching A&P

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Sponsored by AAA

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A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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Don't forgetโ€”HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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High Stakes and Low Stakes

7.5 minutes

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?

โ˜… Taking Bold Steps in Teaching | Notetaking | Science Updates | TAPP 90

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Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1.5 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instructionโ€”the MS-HAPIโ€”is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

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Open Book Tests

9 minutes

Kevin talks hows and whys in response to this question from Jerry:
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?an open blank book with caption: open-book testing, does it work?


Sponsored by HAPS

1 minute

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Watch for virtual town hall meetings and upcoming regional meetings!

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Academic Integrity

8.5 minutes

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?

โ˜… What the Best College Teachers Do

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โ˜… Promoting Academic Integrity in Our Course | Episode 25

โ˜… The Cheater! Academic Integrity in Remote Learning | TAPP 81

โ˜… Taking Bold Steps in Teaching | Notetaking | Science Updates | TAPP 90

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Final Thoughts

5 minutes

These strategies are not the only way to do things, but may be interesting if they spark ideas among listeners.


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