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Melissa Alexaner

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Formative Assessment and Formative Feedback

Providing adequate formative feedback to students is a critical instructional task and an LCME Standard. LCME 9.7 requires that each student is provided formal formative feedback early enough during required courses or clerkships to allow ample time for remediation. That requires, at a minimum, that each course provides students with formal formative feedback at the […]

Melissa Alexaner  |  Oct 16, 2014

Sink or Swim: How Not to Approach Self-Directed Learning

Imagine a non-swimmer signing up for swimming lessons and being plunged into a deep pool without instructions on how to swim. Anyone capable of rational thought at that moment might be thinking it would be nice if the instructor had given them some instructions on how to swim before pushing him in. Assuming the student […]

Melissa Alexaner  |  Sep 10, 2014

Using Concept Maps in Assessment

If you are looking for an innovative, multifunctional, evidence-based assessment method that can provide you with insightful information about students’ comprehension of complex concepts–in snapshot format, no less­­–consider using concept maps as one of your options. You probably are familiar with concept maps as a powerful learning tool that promotes deep, meaningful learning, as opposed […]

Melissa Alexaner  |  Mar 05, 2014