When I was in high school, we lived in fear of open book tests. They were much harder than “regular” multiple choice tests. The teachers that gave them were also well known for asking us to really think and analyze.
Now, there are open internet tests! Seriously – what a great idea. This post by Jonathan Martin shows exactly why. A theater history teacher did an open internet test with great results. See the post for student comments – seems they all thought it was harder — and better.
…taking the time to think through as a teacher what kind of questions can we ask which will continue to be meaningful assessments when Google and Wolfram Alpha are available is, I think, a highly productive exercise, and, of course, will generate a more authentic assessment experience far more well aligned with the real world of professionals for which we are preparing our students.
The teacher’s rationale for doing this test:
did I really need the students to regurgitate information or could I ask them to utilize Internet resources and their class notes to compose essays based on questions that they helped craft?
It’s a great idea. It’s more closely aligned to what will be expected of them — yes, in college, and ultimately, in the working world. It’s teaching critical thinking, analysis, digital literacy, writing. The list gets long…. much better test of what students know and how they think than picking a letter on a multiple choice test.