Monthly Archives: August 2016

Why two-stage exams? UBC-centric evidence

At the 2016 CTLT Summer Institute, I co-facilitated the session on Assessment and Evaluation. Using the opportunity to advertise two-stage exams, I provided evidence for three main points: Students learn from them Students participate meaningfully Students like them The research I used to back these is all home-grown at UBC (of course, this isn’t an exhaustive […]

Two-stage exams literature round-up

Two-stage exams are exams which students first write individually before getting into groups to complete the same (or similar) set of questions again. This harnesses students’ engagement in the high-stakes environment to create a learning opportunity through peer interactions and immediate feedback. Besides, it’s fun. Over the first couple months of the summer semester, @jossives and I have […]

TFW that awesome workshop you did last month had no lasting effect

It happens. You go to a fantastic and intense workshop. The facilitators are enthusiastic. The participants are enthusiastic. It’s invigorating. You feel energized, excited, motivated. You get back to your office and draft up your concrete list of takeaways and to-dos. You start putting things into action, and are pretty excited about the preliminary results. But, […]