April 20, 2017
April 20, 2017
April 22, 2017
Pacific Southwest Section
The two most important challenges for instructors are motivating their students about the course, and assessing their students’ performances in the course. Motivation is an output of many inputs, including evaluation, the gaining of knowledge, and the assurance of graduation. The existing evaluation methods motivate most of the students, but can also cause unexpected results, such as discouraging student-student interaction. Moreover, it discourages team working and sharing of ideas and knowledge. The standard evaluation method in our current education system – which includes regular tests and quizzes – is a single variable function between student and teacher. The author of this paper proposes a method of assessment that changes the single variable function to a multivariable function of teacher, student, and class. In the proposed method of assessment, the teacher combines evaluation and competition in a form of Class Work (CW). Unlike simple assessment, CW is a function of team working, speed, and the participation of all of the students in the class. The combination of competition and evaluation creates excitement, which amplifies the motivation. I applied this idea by assigning the students into groups of two and letting them work on a quiz during the class. The students obtain extra credit inversely proportional to the time they spend on the CW. Hence, the less time they spend on the quiz (the faster they submit the quiz), the greater the number of points they will earn.
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