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Three things I learned while writing about test-enhanced learning

By Rachel Biel, CFT undergraduate intern I recently had the privilege of coauthoring an essay about the benefits of testing beyond assessment. As a student who is tested most commonly for formal assessment, the idea of testing as part of the learning process was new to me. Beyond the practical implications of incorporating more testing…

Posted on August 24, 2015 in News, , , , ,


Learning about the basics of learning

By Cynthia Brame, Ph.D., CFT Assistant Director Last September, I read an article in the New York Times Magazine suggesting that pre-testing could improve subsequent student learning. The article was based on work by Elizabeth Ligon Bjork and colleagues, and indicated that pre-testing could help students avoid the “fluency fallacy” and might alert them to…

Posted on August 17, 2015 in News, , , ,


Test-enhanced learning: Using retrieval practice to help students learn

By Cynthia J. Brame, CFT Assistant Director and Rachel Biel, CFT Undergraduate Intern Print Version Cite this guide:Brame CJ and Biel R (2015). Test-enhanced learning: The potential for testing to promote greater learning in undergraduate science courses. CBE—Life Sciences Education 14, 1-12. The information in this guide has been published in CBE—Life Sciences Education (www.lifescied.org/content/14/2/es4.full.pdf+html).”…

Posted on August 17, 2015 in , , ,