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ERIC Number: EJ783881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8175
Student Assessment in Large-Enrollment Biology Classes
Alonso, Manuel; Stella, Carlos; Galagovsky, Lydia
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v36 n1 p16-21 Jan-Feb 2008
Enrollments into first-year university biology courses may be very large, and therefore evaluating student learning can represent quite a challenge. In this article, we present our experience in assessing students by means of an assessment instrument called "Understand Before Choosing" (UBC). It has been used for six semesters, and its performance has been compared with two other common means of assessment, the use of multiple-choice questions and the use of open-ended questions. UBC consists of a text (100 lines, nearly 700 words) on the subject being tested, and a set of carefully worded questions that require the selection of one of five crafted options to be answered. To choose the best option, a student needs to understand the concepts embedded in the text. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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