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Sharon,

The approach is two fold. First of all, students need
to know WHAT to look for and hence the underlining or
highlighting on print materials.

However, as you point out, the Nursing students are
taking computerized exams and we need to train them
for reading on the screen, which is noticeably slower
and many times students read LESS critically on the
screen.

So unlike my reading students, where I say I am using
the computer for practice, but I am not training you
to read on the screen (since most textbooks are still
in print). However, my nursing students I AM trying to
teach them to read on the screen.

In the nursing program we are using PROCALC for their
Math, which they have to take every quarter and pass
with only one error. They may take the practice tests
as many times as they want.  Even though this is math,
it is in nursing context and it is good practice for
reading on the screen.

ProCalc is from http://www.nursingsoftware.com

Lucy
--- Sharon Juenemann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hello all,
> A faculty member I work with is looking for some
> research on allowing students to mark on tests
> (underlining key words, etc).  Currently, her
> department (Nursing) does not allow students to mark
> on tests in order to prepare them for their state
> exams, which are all computerized and do not allow
> for marking.  The department is considering a
> change, in light of the fact that all the study
> skills material the students are exposed to advocate
> underlining key words.  Does anyone know of any
> actual research on marking on tests?
>
> Thanks so much,
> Sharon
>
> Sharon Juenemann
> Learning Skills Specialist
> Mt. Hood Community College
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Lucy Tribble MacDonald
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Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology (PT3) Coordinator
Chemeketa Community College
4717 Antelope NE
Salem, OR 97305
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