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ERIC Number: EJ1047330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
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.
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Language: English
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