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Using Data to Improve Test Questions


Students may think taking a test is hard, but they should see what it’s like on the other side. Most people don’t think about what goes into writing a successful test until tasked with doing it themselves. And then it’s a quick lesson in what a challenge it can be. Writing a test is work
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Importance of Feedback For Students


You want to equip your students with everything they need to succeed. That doesn’t mean making things too easy; it just means making sure they have the resources needed to overcome difficult learning hurdles in higher education. Assessment provides a myriad of benefits for faculty and schools. In fact, if used properly, it can be
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The Value of Data for Health Sciences Students


You’ve probably heard the parable of the blind men and the elephant. The gist is that six blind men, each feeling a different part of the elephant, all make incorrect assumptions of what it is they’re touching based on the limited information available to them. The story implies no judgment on the intelligence or problem-solving
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The Function of Feedback


What is feedback? Academically defined, feedback is, “information provided by an agent (e.g., teacher, peer, self, etc.) regarding aspects of one’s performance or understanding” (Hattie & Timperley, 2007). The purpose of feedback is to reduce the distance between current performance levels and a desired goal, often articulated through learning objectives and rubrics. Hattie (1999) found
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The Rationale for Rubrics


Rubrics are instructional tools that are used to describe how student performance will be assessed. If you read my previous blog post, you might begin to see a connection between learning objectives and rubrics. Remember that we’ve previously said that learning outcomes need to be measurable. Rubrics allow teachers to do this by breaking down
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