Strategies for improving exam feedback

TheOtherDrX's Higher Education blog

A frequent complaint from students regarding exams is the lack of opportunities to learn from their exams. As such, this has prompted education commentators to question their use, over other assessments where students can learn from the assessment and gain useful feedback from the assessed work. Well, I didn’t learn to drive on my driving test, but I admit, that is a lazy and poor answer. Aside from the weaknesses of exams (which Phil Race has covered very nicely recently) they have a prominent position in STEM subjects at least, a position that will not change as long as accreditation bodies promote their use. Furthermore, exams appear on our Key Information Sets (KIS) and their presence is deemed good. So aside from their perceived weaknesses, let’s make the most of them.

Feedback from every exam that I have ever taken has been in the form of a number…

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