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Assessments and active learning: Getting started with Self-Paced Polling

November 1, 2017

A recent meta-study – Rethinking the use of tests: A meta-analysis of practice testing1 – concluded that practice testing is more effective in increasing student achievement than other common study practices. These results were seen across-the-board, regardless of students’ level of education or differences in learning conditions.

Based on the clear evidence in favor of testing as a tool for learning, the study authors “advocate for the use of frequent low-stakes quizzes as a learning tool so that teachers and students can assess knowledge gaps, rather than high-stakes tests used only for summative purposes and high-stakes decision-making.”

However, as the authors also indicate, regular assessments can be impractical, especially in large class settings, without the aid of assessment technology like student response clickers or a student polling app. That’s where TurningPoint interactive polling software can help.

Our Self-Paced Polling feature makes it easy to give formative and summative assessments regardless of class size because of automatic grading that delivers test results instantly. Real-time data from our assessment technology provides immediate feedback to students and helps to create an active classroom and encourage lively in-class discussions. A wide variety of question types also allows instructors to go beyond multiple-choice in order to test students in ways that best fit the material.

All of this makes Self-Paced Polling ideal for everything from daily quizzes and practice tests to mid-terms and final exams. The only question that remains is how to get started. 

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Quick Start Guide


The perfect first stop to learning more about this feature is our Self-Paced Polling Quick Start Guide. Step-by-step instructions lead you through the simple processes of creating and administering self-paced tests and generating reports.   

Training Webinars

For a more interactive experience, sign up for one of our Self-Paced Polling training webinars. Our knowledgeable support staff lead these live sessions at various times every month, and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Webinars are also available on PowerPoint and Anywhere Polling.

Case Studies

Once you learn the technology, it’s time to understand what works best in a classroom setting for testing and assessment. Who better to guide you than your fellow educators? Check out case studies from Dr. David Perry, a professor of Chemistry at the University of Akron, and Dr. Tamar Goulet, a professor of Biology at the University of Mississippi, for first-hand accounts of how Self-Paced Polling can help instructors support active learning and administer both low-stakes quizzes and high-stakes exams.

1Adesope, O.O., Trevisan, D.A., & Sundararajan, N. (2017). Rethinking the use of tests: A meta-analysis of practice testing. Review of Educational Research 87(3), 659-701. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.3102/0034654316689306