The Value of Quizzes (multiple-choice questions)

More Evidence for the Value of Our Online Multiple Choice Questions Posted on September 3, 2014 by Russell G. Pearce
The New York Times highlights a study finding that active learning, including the use of online exercises, helps “black students cut in half their score gap with white students” and “eliminat[e] the gap between first-generation students and other students.”

Should TWEN quizzes be mandatory? Posted on January 16, 2013 by Russell G. Pearce
Today, I was discussing with an adopter the question of whether the TWEN quizzes should be mandatory. Last semester, I did require that before each class students had to answer on TWEN the quiz questions found in the text assignment for that class. See my Fall 2012 Syllabus. When reading the course evaluations, I learned that some students resented the requirement because the requirement resulted in their spending significantly more time on the Professional Responsibility course than on their other lecture courses. While I believe that answering all the TWEN quizzes before class (and learning the correct answers) helps students learn the material, the primary purpose of the quizzes to provide students with a tool for self-assessment. Accordingly, balancing the anxieties faced by today’s law students and the benefits of the quizzes, I plan in the future to encourage the students to take the TWEN quizzes before each class, but not require them.

Quiz Questions on TWEN and Student Assessment Posted on January 6, 2013 by Russell G. Pearce
Another note as we begin the new semester: All the quiz questions in the casebook have been loaded on to TWEN. If you are using TWEN, you can ask your TWEN representative to send the questions to the TWEN page for your class. You can then use the groupings of questions we suggest or you can create your own. Your students will be able to answer the questions pursuant to directions you create on TWEN, and you and the students will be able to assess their performance. We do not recommend that you use the questions for formal, graded assessment, but rather as one method for helping you and the students assess how well they have mastered the material as individuals and as a class.