ERIC Number: EJ1047330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Word Clouds for Fast, Formative Assessment of Students' Short Written Responses
Brooks, Bill J.; Gilbuena, Debra M.; Krause, Stephen J.; Koretsky, Milo D.
Chemical Engineering Education, v48 n4 p190-198 Fall 2014
Active learning in class helps students develop deeper understanding of chemical engineering principles. While the use of multiple-choice ConcepTests is clearly effective, we advocate for including student writing in learning activities as well. In this article, we demonstrate that word clouds can provide a quick analytical technique to assess student writing. We provide two examples: students' in-class explanations of their answer choice to multiple-choice ConcepTests, and student responses to "muddiest point" reflection exercises.
Descriptors: Active Learning, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Education, Science Education, Writing (Composition), Teaching Methods, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Multiple Choice Tests, Reflection, Scientific Principles, Concept Formation, Formative Evaluation
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