Students as examiners: crowd-sourced exam preparation


Date: December 6, 2017

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Location: IB200

Event Type: Seminar


Presented by: Paul Denny, Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland

In many classrooms, students expend significant effort preparing to be examined.  Self-testing, by answering practice questions, is popular with many students and is known to be effective.  However, large repositories of practice questions are not always readily available and can be very time consuming for instructors to create.  So what happens when students generate their own practice questions, targeting the material they are learning, and contribute them to a shared repository where they can be answered, rated and discussed by their peers?  What do students think about this, how useful are the questions in practice and does the activity help students learn?  It turns out there are many interesting answers to these questions.  This talk will introduce the motivation for having students build and moderate their own practice question banks, and will report on some of the practical challenges and measurable benefits, drawing upon data from popular online tools that host millions of student-generated questions.

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