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Aug 2015 Plenary Talk Documents

The documents used at the Palomar College Plenary breakout sessions for August, 2015 are below.

The slideshow in .PPTX format.  You can click “View” and then “Notes View” to see each slide presented on a single page with the accompanying text:

Test Writing Plenary Talk Aug 2015

The worksheet in .PDF format:

Test Writing Plenary Talk Worksheet

 

The verb lists and question frames documents are found here as well as in context within the blog.

Bloom’s Verbs, one page

Bloom’s Verbs for Math

Bloom’s Question Frames

More Bloom’s Question Frames

Bloom’s Verbs for Science

 

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List of Resources

Here are the various web links that we will reference for this blog.  The list may be edited over time.

Feel free to post more resources in the Comments section.

  1. http://www.iub.edu/~best/pdf_docs/better_tests.pdf
  2. http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/writing-good-multiple-choice-test-questions/
  3. http://www.k-state.edu/ksde/alp/resources/Handout-Module6.pdf
  4. https://www.msu.edu/dept/soweb/writitem.html
  5. http://www.helpteaching.com/about/how_to_write_good_test_questions/
  6. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thinking-about-kids/201212/how-write-final-exam
  7. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-write-a-test/
  8. http://www.uleth.ca/edu/runte/tests/
  9. http://teachonline.asu.edu/2013/06/quick-reference-guide-for-writing-effective-test-questions/
  10. http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/edu/taughtcourses/writinggoodexamquestions.pdf
  11. http://www.crlt.umich.edu/P8_0
  12. http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/assessment/assesslearning/creatingexams.html
  13. http://www.teaching-learning.utas.edu.au/assessment/authentic-assessment/designing-exams
  14. http://depts.washington.edu/eproject/ExamChecklist.htm
  15. http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/library/sat-tipsheets/designing-exam/
  16. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/TestingTips.htm
  17. http://www.tltc.ttu.edu/teach/TLTC%20Teaching%20Resources/CreateTests.asp
  18. http://www.edutopia.org/better-tests-differentiate
  19. http://teaching.uncc.edu/learning-resources/articles-books/best-practice/assessment-grading/designing-test-questions
  20. http://www.calm.hw.ac.uk/GeneralAuthoring/031112-goodpracticeguide-hw.pdf

What We are About

Welcome!

We are teachers and we want to do our best for our students.  Sometimes we need a chance to see what others are doing to help us “improve our game.”

The goal of this blog is to explore the strategies, philosophies, and various options of test writing.  We’ll take a systematic approach, starting with general tips about tests and test construction and then proceeding through different test item types.

We will look at articles and advice on the Internet and discuss how the ideas may or may not apply to our discipline.  This is not a “one-size-fits-all” topic!  Neither should it be considered a best practices list.  We are the topic experts and the best judges for the information we are assessing.

Everyone is invited to read and comment and offer examples of what worked and what didn’t.

I look forward to your responses.

Tracy Johnston
STEM 1 Curriculum and Program Improvement (CPI) Coordinator
Palomar College

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For a list of the resources on this blog, click here.