COURSE: CHEM 104
SCID: College of Letters and Science
This is an activity we developed for the Spring 2017 semester of CHEM 104. As preparation for mid-term exams, students were assigned topics by discussion section and instructed to generate possible exam questions on their assigned topics. (This was set up as a pre-class activity using a Google form linked to via the LMS.)
The activity started with one question per student and culminated in a single “winning” question from each discussion section. These winning questions were then compiled into a single practice exam document and shared on the course LMS.
|Doing something physically||Producing outputs that contain ideas that go beyond the presented information||Dialoguing substantively on the same topic|
|Students select a topic from a provided list pertaining to an upcoming midterm and think about the features of a good exam-style question on this topic.||Students use a Google form to submit their question as a pre-class activity and then bring their question with them to discussion class.||In discussion class, small groups of 3-4 students are formed. Within small groups, everyone shares their individual question and decides which one of the questions they want to use. The selected question is edited/improved upon within the small group. Each group writes their edited question on the board, giving the class about 5 questions to consider. The TA leads the class through a “vote” to select the winning question for their discussion.|