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Using No-Stakes Quizzing for Student Self-Evaluation of Readiness for Exams

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

First-year Programs Division Poster Session

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First-Year Programs

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

22.1625.1 - 22.1625.10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--18693

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https://peer.asee.org/18693

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687

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Kirsten A. Davis Boise State University

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Kirsten A. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Davis earned a B.Arch. in Architecture and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in Civil Engineering specializing in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering specializing in Construction Engineering and Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her educational research interests are focused on improving construction management education.

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Abstract

Using No-Stakes Quizzing for Student Self-Evaluation of Readiness for ExamsAbstractIntroductory level materials and methods courses in Construction Management (CM) programsgenerally require students to acquire an enormous new vocabulary. This vocabulary includesterminology pertaining to the materials themselves, as well as terminology defining theconstruction processes using the materials. Courses such as these form a backbone of knowledgethat is necessary in nearly every other CM course, whether they are formal prerequisites or not.Students are often not prepared for the amount of self-directed studying they must do to besuccessful in this type of course, particularly as freshmen in college. To assist students in moreaccurately gauging their readiness for an exam, no-stakes (optional) quizzes were implementedwithin the Blackboard course management system in a freshman level CM materials andmethods course, giving students an opportunity to practice their new language with no grade-related consequences.This paper presents preliminary results of that effort and illustrates the effects of this no-stakes(optional) quizzing. Specifically, this paper evaluates (1) whether the quizzing helps students tobetter prepare for medium and high stakes exams; and (2) whether the quizzing increases themean exam scores compared to previous semesters with no quizzing.

Davis, K. A. (2011, June), Using No-Stakes Quizzing for Student Self-Evaluation of Readiness for Exams Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18693

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