Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.09-06-0040
Title: Linking assessment questions to a research article to stimulate self-directed learning and develop high-order cognitive skills in an undergraduate module of Molecular Genetics
Authors: Wu, J. 
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Wu, J. (2009). Linking assessment questions to a research article to stimulate self-directed learning and develop high-order cognitive skills in an undergraduate module of Molecular Genetics. CBE Life Sciences Education 8 (4) : 283-290. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.09-06-0040
Abstract: Assessment plays a crucial role in the learning process, but current assessments focus on assessment of learning rather than assessment for learning. In this study, a novel method for open-book continuous assessment (CA) was developed. The aim was to encourage students to learn beyond the textbook by challenging students with questions linked to a research article. Research articles closely related to lecture contents were selected and released to students before the CA for perusal. CA questions were set at three different levels to assess conceptual understanding, application, and synthesis. The CA was administered to first-year undergraduate students majoring in life science as part of Molecular Genetics, a compulsory module. It contributed 10% of the student's grade for the module. Students' CA scores indicated that the majority could answer correctly all the questions. Students' feedback on the CA showed that most of them praised the CA model for its novelty, motivation, and application. Only a few criticized it due to its poor coverage of lecture contents. Overall, this CA went beyond the traditional role of assessments in the assignment of scores and stimulated curiosity and self-directed learning. © 2009 by The American Society for Cell Biology.
Source Title: CBE Life Sciences Education
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/101020
ISSN: 19317913
DOI: 10.1187/cbe.09-06-0040
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