Creative Exercises in General Chemistry: A Student-Centered Assessment


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Creative exercises (CEs) are a form of assessment in which students are given a prompt and asked to write down as many distinct, correct, and relevant facts about the prompt as they can. Students receive credit for each fact that they include that is related to the prompt and distinct from the other facts they list. With CEs, students have an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and the opportunity to select the information that they believe is related to the prompt. In addition, CEs encourage students to connect concepts because any relevant information presented can assist them in completing the CEs. This paper describes the use of CEs in a collegelevel chemistry class, including student answers to the CEs and a survey of students' impression of CEs.

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