Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT)

Many research studies have shown the effectiveness of using the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) to teach while testing. However, the IF-AT has many more applications beyond teaching while testing.  Instructors might find this packet helpful in incorporating the IF-AT system into their classroom lesson plans. This website provides a brief discussion about the IF-AT and some suggestions on how to use the IF-AT. We encourage you to experiment with alternative ways in which the forms can be used to enhance the teaching-learning process for your students and for you!

The "learnable moment" seems to occur when students are confronted with a problem that they consider, answer, and are then given immediate feedback - all in the context of motivation through IF-AT's "partial credit/scratch-off answer until correct" model. The instructor can set up conditions for learning and enhanced performance, even when he/she is not directly involved in the experience. This is because the IF-AT provides an individualized, instantaneous "tutorial" as if an instructor were standing over the shoulder of the student, rewarding, encouraging and correcting responses. The instructor can be transformed into a "manager of the learning experience" taking on the roles of expert planner and trouble shooter, while students are empowered to take control of and responsibility for their own mastery.

It should be remembered that the IF-AT system keeps students motivated to persist and pursue learning through offering partial credit for "proximate" knowledge and continued effort. A student who can narrow down a correct choice to, for example, "a" or "b" knows more than one who merely guesses. Just as instructors reward partial knowledge in essay exams, the IF-AT acknowledges a second choice that is correct, and even a third and fourth choice that is correct, awarding a modest point or so. The student is motivated to read carefully, re-read and re-consider, and then to emerge from the challenge with correct answer (indicated by uncovering a star). Thus, the student remains "in the moment" for learning (the "learnable moment") through the time that he/she succeeds in discovering or confirming knowledge.

To use the IF-AT system in your class please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning office at ext. 3115.