Source: Getting Results: "Utilizing Right and Wrong Answers"
This media asset is excerpted from Getting Results: "Utilizing Right and Wrong Answers."
In this professional development video excerpted from Getting Results, a community college instructor explains how he reviews a test with his students by having his students work in groups to discuss answers. The instructor explains that while tests can reveal to him what hasn't been grasped, this group review helps his students reflect on the rationale behind each answer. In addition, the tests help him discover whether goals are met, whether there are other benefits to the lesson, and whether he was successful in teaching the lesson. Once he has discovered the answers to these questions, he can decide whether to adjust the course design.
Sometimes students don’t fully grasp a lesson. Tests and other assessments can help gauge what's not understood. Students can also assess their own knowledge during review of a test.
Testing can inform an instructor about which parts of his method worked and which did not. It can also show whether there were added benefits to the lesson. For instance, an instructor may not be aware that he has taught material beyond what was originally planned. This additional learning might increase student knowledge—or increase student confusion about the lesson's key objectives.
Properly calibrated tests can determine whether the lesson was successfully taught. If the tests indicate otherwise, the instructor can consider redesigning and adjusting the lesson.
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