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This conference is managed by the American Society for Microbiology

Context & Problem

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*Large Introductory Microbiology Course (allied health)

*No prerequisites

*Diverse student population




Even among students who attend class regularly, a subset do not perform well on exams. Exams are composed equally of multiple choice and short essay questions.

Students lack metacognition skills and are not given enough opportunities in class to practice "write-to-learn" study techniques.


 Studies have shown that

*enforced learning activities

*frequent testing (short answer quizzes)

improve student learning outcomes and retention


 Question:  Does more frequent assessment promote student learning outcomes? 


*Does it increase the mean exam scores for the class as a whole? 

*Does it decrease the number of failures (<D)?

*Does this intervention narrow the "gap" in performance between high-risk and low-risk students?