A knowledge survey consists of course learning objectives framed as questions and is given before and after the content of the knowledge survey is presented in class. For each question on the knowledge survey, students respond using a three-point rating of their confidence to correctly answer the question.
Knowledge surveys may be used as a pretest before the semester or a new unit begins to help faculty get a sense of what students believe they know about upcoming topics. Knowledge surveys may be conducted electronically through Blackboard or as an in or out of class assignment on paper.
Frary, Megan, "Knowledge Surveys" (2009). CTL Teaching Gallery. 1.