ACTIVE LEARNING TECHNIQUE 4Individual Readiness Assurance Tests

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Description and Purpose

Individual Readiness Assurance Tests (iRATs) are closed-book quizzes that students complete after an out-of-class reading, video, or other homework assignment. Quizzes typically have five to twenty multiple-choice quiz questions and usually are administered at the start of a class session. Results from the quizzes demonstrate whether students have mastered basic vocabulary and other foundational concepts they need in order to understand the lecture content. iRATs are a concept developed by team-based learning advocates (Michaelsen, Davidson, ...

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