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One-Minute Paper

DESCRIPTION   The One-Minute paper provides a quick and extremely simply way to collect written feedback on student learning.  To use the One-Minute paper an instructor stops the class two or three minutes early and asks students to respond briefly to some variation of the following two questions:  "What did you understand most in today's lecture?" and "What topic did you understand least?"  Students then write their responses on index cards or half-sheets of scrap paper and hand them in.


PURPOSE   The great advantage of the Minute Papers is that they provide manageable amounts of timely and useful feedback for a minimal investment of time and energy.  An instructor need simply flip through the various responses and gauge which topics were the least clear to the students.  The least understood topics should be covered again at the beginning of the next class.  This technique should be employed before moving on to new subjects.  


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