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Assessment Strategies: Group Discussion of Exams


A simple way to ensure that students continue to remember and use information they have learned for an examination is to have them discuss the assessment after they have taken it. By keeping the content they have studied fresh in their minds, students' retention of that material will increase. Students can ask questions about items from the exam and discuss responses with each other. They may also be able to elaborate on their knowledge outside of the stressful constraints of the testing environment. Finally, students can reflect on approaches they used in studying for the exam in terms of both their study process and the content they reviewed.


Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Exam Discussions.


Instructions and How to Use Test Discussions

These discussions can be done in person in a traditional or hybrid setting, as well as in online courses via video conferences or chats. One incentive for encouraging students to participate in these discussions is informing them of the grading on a syllabus or in advance of the activity. Adding a few points to students' overall exam grades for participation in such discussions allows students another option to demonstrate their mastery of the material so their overall grade reflects what they have learned from the course. Additionally, instructors may find these discussions useful tools for improving course assessments and for offering study tips to future students.

Technical Requirements

No specific hardware or software is required to use the Assessment Strategy: Group Discussion of Exams.


Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.


e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. Particularly in an online course, these discussions could allow for formative assessment that is not as intrusive or intensive as the actual exam. In other words, these discussions could provide very powerful information that informs the creation of the rest of the assessments in the course, as well as the creation of assessments in future versions of the course.