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Are you an instructor looking for high-quality and peer-reviewed questions for classroom interactive learning experiences or tests?

Are you looking for assessments that are aligned with the ASM Recommended Curriculum Guidelines?

If so, read on about the Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database (SLAMD)!

WHAT IS THE STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENTS IN MICROBIOLOGY DATABASE (SLAMD)?

The Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database, or SLAMD, is a new MicrobeLibrary collection of peer-reviewed multiple choice and true/false questions designed especially for interactive learning using audience response systems. The questions are also of value for pre- and post-tests or traditional exams, and may be used in the classroom or laboratory or on-line in blended-and distance-learning experiences. The question bank is a repository of original multiple choice questions for both lower- and higher-order thinking skills that are aligned with ASM’s Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology Education. Lower-order thinking multiple choice questions corresponding to Bloom’s level one or two (knowledge/comprehension) that faculty can use to break up their lectures and get immediate feedback from students on content just discussed. Higher-order multiple choice questions (Bloom’s level 3 – application- or higher) to get better feedback on the student’s ability to apply knowledge.

SLAMD IS AN E-PUBLICATION

Plans are underway to establish SLAMD as an e-publication available on MicrobeLibrary as well as ASM Science, and/or ASM Society.

WE WANT YOUR BEST QUESTION FOR SLAMD!

MicrobeLibrary is currently accepting submissions for SLAMD. The success and scope of this database depends on the willingness of microbiology educators to submit questions for possible inclusion. All questions will be reviewed by the editor and peer-reviewed by 3 qualified reviewers according to the following rubric:

Reviewing Rubric: Lower-order thinking, Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database Collection (PDF)

Reviewing Rubric: Higher-order thinking, Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database Collection (PDF)

Those submitting questions accepted for publication will have their names listed in the question bank and will receive an official letter from MicrobeLibrary that explains the purpose and scope of MicrobeLibrary's Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database and indicates the number of questions that author had accepted for publication during that year. Please consider submitting question!

See the following link for further information on how to submit questions for peer review and possible publication in MicrobeLibrary's Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database:

Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database Collection Submission Instructions

Do you have your submission formatted and ready? Submit your SLAMD question through our Google Form.

RESOURCES FOR AUTHORS 
 

Need help using Bloom’s taxonomy to help you write a learning outcome and distinguish between higher- v. lower-order thinking?

View a PowerPoint presentation on Bloom’s Taxonomy by Samantha Elliott, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, see:

How do I know if my submission is appropriate for the Higher-order thinking (Bloom's level 3 or higher) questions?

Need tips for writing questions?

View a summary of best practices in designing multiple-choice questions by Tanya Noel, University of Windsor:

Tips for writing Multiple-Choice (MC) questions


CALL FOR REVIEWERS


We are also looking for volunteers to serve as reviewers for the Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database. To volunteer as a reviewer for MicrobeLibrary see:


MicrobeLibrary Reviewer Application Form


Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database will be released as an e-publication soon, so stayed tuned!