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Thursday, June 18 • 10:30am - 11:15am
CON05.03 - Constructing integrated testlets across disciplines

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An integrated testlet (IT) is a new tool which assesses students’ understanding of complex ideas (Anderson & Krawthohl, 2001) through a set of scaffolded multiple-choice items, each adopting an answer-until-correct format. Students answer each item within an IT until the correct answer is revealed to them, and they then advance to the next item with full knowledge of, and benefit from, answers to previous items. ITs can be valid and efficient replacements for free-response questions, as they assess complex cognitive processes while also rewarding partial knowledge (Slepkov & Shiell, 2014). The extent of scaffolding within an IT, denoted the “testlet integration”, can vary from weakly- to strongly-integrated, depending upon how much the instructor desires previous items within an IT to assist students in answering later items (Shiell & Slepkov, 2015). ITs were originally conceived within strongly-cumulative disciplines such as physics and math and now find themselves at a pivotal point, awaiting widespread adoption across other disciplines. In this session, we shall first introduce the purpose and some advantages of ITs, and then engage delegates, as teaching experts in their own field, in considering ITs within their discipline. By the end of this collaborative conversation delegates will have learned how their discipline can benefit, and to what extent, from ITs, and also contributed to the discussion of whether the extent of testlet integration is necessarily discipline-specific.

Anderson, L.W. & Krathwohl, D.R. (Eds.) (2001). A taxonomy for learning, teaching, and assessing: A revision of Bloom's taxonomy of educational objectives. New York: Longman.

Slepkov, A.D. & Shiell, R. C. (2014). Comparison of integrated testlet and constructed-response question formats. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 10, 020120. http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.020120

Shiell, R.C. & Slepkov, A. D. (2015). Integrated testlets: A new form of expert-student collaborative testing. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 8, 31-40 (in press).

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am
Thompson Room

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