Using ExamSoft to Facilitate Active Retrieval and Promote Student Success

March 29, 2017

Using ExamSoft to Facilitate Active Retrieval and Promote Student Success

Recently, David Caldwell, Director of Professional Affairs, and Elizabeth Lafitte, Assistant Professor, both from University of Louisiana Monroe School of Pharmacy discussed how their program uses ExamSoft to administer formative assessment in support of knowledge retention among students in their webinar, “Using ExamSoft to Facilitate Active Retrieval and Promote Student Success.”

The key takeaways from the presentation include:

1. Active retrieval of material helps students strengthen their study skills because it forces them to dig a little deeper.

2. Self quizzing is a great way for students to learn what they know and what they don’t know.

3. Active retrieval doesn’t just work well with helping students recall factual material, but it also helps them become better at recalling conceptual material.

David and Elizabeth’s presentation provides insight on specific active retrieval methods, along with studies showing that implementing active retrieval significantly increases student assessment performance. They also shared the ExamSoft features used when constructing self-quizzes for their active retrieval program, including question importing, user rationale, and categories.

“Active retrieval helps students go from passive learning to actively accessing memory and engaging with material.”

View a PDF copy of the presentation.

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