Use peer instruction to squeeze extra learning out of your exam by making students take it twice. Once on their own (90%), then again with a team (10%).
- Fresh awareness of what students DO NOT know fuels peer instruction
- Students love it
- Rewards peer instruction
- Students are more motivated in an exam setting
- Very easy to implement
- Have students take the individual exam as usual. I typically give a 2 day window and use Respondus Lockdown Browser for my individual exam. This is worth 90% of their exam score.
- Make a copy of the exam for students to take with their group.
- Have the students take the exam a second time after the individual exam is closed. This will be worth 10% of their exam score.To do this online you will:
- Have the students meet in Zoom.
- Divide them into breakout rooms in groups of 3-5.
- Have one person in each group open the exam and screen share it.
- Students will come to a consensus on each question and make one group submission.
- As they problem solve together, they can annotate on the shared screen to solve problems.
Recommended Resources & Links
Gilley, B. H., & Clarkston, B. (2014). Collaborative testing: Evidence of learning in a controlled in-class study of undergraduate students. Journal of College Science Teaching, 43(3), 83-91.