Comment on grades, grading, and progress… by Miko

That is pretty cool. I believe that whatever you end up choosing or doing, it would be very convenient to always provide solid and insightful feedback. My only issue with rubrics is that students just a get a letter or number and have no idea about how to improve their work.

Comment on grades, grading, and progress… by jllaney

Thank you for asking! The collaborative exam-making is still “in progress” but students seem to respond well and perform well with ownership. I simply set aside a day for creation and a day for review. On the “creating” day student individually or in groups create a list of questions they believe are fair assessments of what we have covered. We also discuss form; what makes students nervous, what they like, what do they imagine, what are the possibilities/constraints, etc. This time, the test ended up with 15 multiple choice, 15 short answer/fill in the blanks and a choice of 2 essays (out of 4 options). Students post their suggestions on scholar under a forum post and I create a cohesive study guide, adding and editing only when necessary. I then make the exam out of the study guide, however students do not know which questions will be in which form… I hope that makes sense. I am also thinking of offering another option; a “what have you learned” approach with topics for students to choose from. Options seem to be key. Please share any thoughts, ideas, or feedback!


Comment on grades, grading, and progress… by shaunab18

I really like the idea of having students create their own exam. Would you mind providing more information on how you did this? Did each student contribute one question? Did they work together? Did you guide them on how the questions could be formatted? Did you have any requirements on the format of the questions?

Comment on grades, grading, and progress… by alishafarris

Go you! That is very cool. Yes, I agree this will presumably all be simpler when we are in our own positions somewhere and where everything we do isn’t a reflection on our advisor. You make a great point. Does it even matter if in the end they receive a “grade” anyway? Will they appreciate the process still? That sounds like a great research study waiting to happen….