Create your own exam
Small groups of students generate test questions and offer peer feedback on each other's questions.
- Small groups (3-10)
- 10-30 minutes
- Activating prior knowledge
- Creative Thinking
When to use it?
- When you want to identify how well the students have grasped the topic in question.
- When you want students to reflect on their understanding of the content and identify gaps in their own knowledge.
- When you want students to apply their knowledge.
- When you want students to learn from one another.
- When you want to be inspired by new types of test questions.
- Gather information about the construction of different types of test questions (such as multiple choice and open questions).
- InstructProvide the students with information about how to construct different types of test questions.
- Make groups
Divide the students into pairs or small groups.
- Generate the questions
Give the subgroups 10-15 minutes to generate different types of test questions and model answers.
- Swap the questions
Let the subgroups swap questions. Every subgroup takes the test of another subgroup and also offers peer feedback on their questions.
Tips for implementation & variation
- Online teaching: The subgroups can work in breakout rooms and put their test questions into PresentersWall, Brightspace or a video lecture tool. The subgroups take each other's test in the online environment or the whole class can answer all questions in a plenary quiz session. They can offer peer feedback on each other's questions in Brightspace or FeedbackFruits.
- You can also provide each subgroup with a specific topic for which they need to write test questions.
- You can reuse good test questions next year.
- As a teacher, you can walk around the classroom (offline) or you can visit the separate breakout rooms (online) to hear what the students are talking about and help them if necessary.