Title

Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) Testing in Undergraduate Political Science Education

Submitter and Co-author information

Linda ColtmanFollow

Standing

Graduate (Masters)

Type of Proposal

Poster Presentation

Challenges Theme

Open Challenge

Your Location

University of Windsor/Windsor Ontario

Faculty

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Lydia Miljan

Abstract/Description of Original Work

Employing a poster format, student centered learning and learning centered teaching benefits of Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) testing models will be showcased. Within University of Windsor undergraduate political science classes, as in all major disciplines and on college and university campuses elsewhere, multiple choice testing is a common form of student testing/assessment. While multiple choice testing holds an accepted place in academia, traditional multiple-choice testing has been found to be problematic and in some instances a contradiction to student learning. Research however reveals that IF-AT testing provides a learning centered teaching alternative that offers both the benefits of traditional multiple-choice testing without the negative aspects that can result from using such. This presentation aims to highlight how employing IF-AT testing methods can support instructors in creating courses that accommodate a student-centered learning perspective. An emphasis will be placed on showcasing and comparing the benefits and drawbacks of IF-AT testing relative to multiple choice testing techniques. Care will also be taken to detailing how the IF-AT model’s answer-until-correct format leads to: higher reported clarity and ease of completing response requirements, concentration and logical thinking during testing, perceived fairness of and learning during testing and retention of learning, and reduced perceived potential for academic dishonesty to the benefit of post-secondary students and faculty. How IF-AT testing has been effectively employed within UofW political science courses on campus will also be described.

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Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) Testing in Undergraduate Political Science Education

Employing a poster format, student centered learning and learning centered teaching benefits of Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) testing models will be showcased. Within University of Windsor undergraduate political science classes, as in all major disciplines and on college and university campuses elsewhere, multiple choice testing is a common form of student testing/assessment. While multiple choice testing holds an accepted place in academia, traditional multiple-choice testing has been found to be problematic and in some instances a contradiction to student learning. Research however reveals that IF-AT testing provides a learning centered teaching alternative that offers both the benefits of traditional multiple-choice testing without the negative aspects that can result from using such. This presentation aims to highlight how employing IF-AT testing methods can support instructors in creating courses that accommodate a student-centered learning perspective. An emphasis will be placed on showcasing and comparing the benefits and drawbacks of IF-AT testing relative to multiple choice testing techniques. Care will also be taken to detailing how the IF-AT model’s answer-until-correct format leads to: higher reported clarity and ease of completing response requirements, concentration and logical thinking during testing, perceived fairness of and learning during testing and retention of learning, and reduced perceived potential for academic dishonesty to the benefit of post-secondary students and faculty. How IF-AT testing has been effectively employed within UofW political science courses on campus will also be described.