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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Which Review is Better? Manual Multiple Choice, Automated Multiple Choice, Manual Fill-in, or Automated Fill-in?

Many review methods may facilitate students’ retention of information. Review questions can consist of multiple choice or fill-in-the blank (fill-in) format. Students’ responses can be collected and summarized in an automated (i.e. “clickers”) or manual fashion. Previous research (Knapp & Desrochers, 2008) found that students prefer automated means of input and response summary, however, students’ learning and retention was better through manual fill-in-the blank format. This experiment compares the effectiveness of four review formats on students’ learning: automated multiple choice, automated fill-in, manual multiple choice, and manual fill-in. To determine the instructional effectiveness of each technique, undergraduate students are randomly assigned to automated or manual review session conditions using fill-in and multiple choice format, and then are asked to complete a post-test. A subjective evaluation measure of students’ preferred method of review is also collected. The results of this study will be presented.

Presenters: Jane Shelnutt (Undergraduate Student)
Diana Uhly (Undergraduate Student)
Kristina Villone (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 104 Holmes
Time: 1:35 pm (Session III)