Bridging the Soft-Skills Gap with Collaborative Testing
Considerable research supports the use of collaborative testing across course disciplines. Collaborative testing or two-stage testing is where students work together to discuss examination questions and/or arrive at a consensus to test answers in addition to individual responses. As an extension of collaborative learning, collaborative testing has been purported to decrease test anxiety and increase critical thinking, communication, and cooperation skills. Concurrently, considerable attention is focused on the development of transferable skills, such as critical thinking, communication, and cooperation, which is driven by the high value placed on these skills by employers. If collaborative testing can increase the learning potential of an exam experience and also further develop valuable transferable skills, should this not be a more utilized pedagogical practice to help enhance the employability of future graduates?
Presented by: Allan MacKenzie, McMaster University