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Are Group Exams a Viable Testing Option?

Are Group Exams a Viable Testing Option?

Group work doesn’t always have the best reputation. Learn how to overcome common concerns about group exams and how to employ them to increase student learning and improve outcomes for students and for you.

Group work doesn’t always have the best reputation.

So imagine the reaction you’ll get when you put students into groups not for an activity but for an exam.

And for all the criticism you get from students, you can expect just as much – if not more – from your colleagues.

So if no one likes the idea of group assessments, why are we even talking about them?

Like many things inside academia and out, group exams are not bad. They’re just misunderstood.

When used correctly, group exams can be incredibly powerful tools that minimize testing anxiety for students, promote peer learning, and model real-world problem solving.

And like many of the best approaches in teaching, they are scalable and adaptable to just about every discipline and level.

So if you’ve heard the whispers about group exams and want to find out whether they are the real deal or merely fantasy, you’ll want to watch Are Group Exams a Viable Testing Option?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with Maryellen Weimer.

As the editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and blog, Weimer regularly and enthusiastically pursues strategies that keep students and instructors engaged and successful.

As she began to explore group exams, she quickly discovered that they were used more often than she expected and more successfully than she imagined. In this 20-minute video, she will share what she has learned about why group exams can work and how to incorporate them into your courses.

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