The Assessment of a Structured Online Formative Assessment Program: a Randomised Controlled Trial

laptop  On-line formative activities are most useful when linked to an assessment.  Students’ activity and performance on clinical case exercises posted on-line were followed for two years.  The first year exercises were only recommended and contained pre- and post-tests, but students were not required to engage in the activities.  The strategy was different in the second year.  Students were required to do the exercises, each of which was accompanied by a summative exam which counted towards their final grade in the course.  Students preformed significantly better on the post- tests (summative exams) in the second year than in the first year.- Lee Ann Schein, Ph.D

Palmer E, Devitt P. The assessment of  structured online formative assessment program: a randomised controlled trial.BMC Med Educ. 2014 Jan 9;14(1):8. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-8. PMID:24400883

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