Provide Immediate Feedback on a Summative Exam by Adding a Group Phase

Series: CTLT Institute

Event Date & Time

  • May 24, 2018
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Event Description

Pillar: Transformative Learning

Two-phase collaborative exams or group exams, in which students first complete the exam individually and then form groups to complete the same or similar questions are a flexible and effective method for adding immediate formative feedback to what is traditionally a summative experience. This workshop will support participants to engage with the evidence for including a group phase and to develop their own two-phase exam implementation plan.

Specifically, by the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the rationales for adding a group phase to a summative solo assessment.
  2. Develop their own implementation plan for a group exam, in their context.
  3. Provide specific recommendations to their students to maximize the student benefit from a group exam.

The workshop will be collaborative and participatory, including a mock two-phase exam, a group-exam implementation worksheet, and an open discussion focussed on how to support students to maximize their productive engagement during a group exam.


Jared Stang, Lecturer, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Joss Ives, Instructor, Department of Physics & Astronomy


  • Gilley, B.H., Clarkston B. “Collaborative testing: Evidence of learning in a controlled in-class study of undergraduate students.” Journal of College Science Teaching 43.3 (2014): 83-91.
  • Gibbs, G., Simpson C. “Conditions under which assessment supports students’ learning.” Learning and teaching in higher education 1 (2005): 3-31.
  • Ives, J. “Measuring the Learning from Two-Stage Collaborative Group Exams.” 2014 PERC Proceedings [Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014], edited by P. V. Engelhardt, A. D. Churukian, and D. L. Jones, doi:10.1119/


Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.