Faculty: Below is an example of an OpenLab Assignment that encourages students to take a more active role in preparing for their first exam. It demonstrates how you can provide instructions for each assignment. It uses the category “Assignment Instructions” and can be found under Course Activities > OpenLab Assignments > Assignment Instructions” in the site menu. Please customize the assignment by updating the due date and other highlighted information below, and make any other changes you wish. Don’t forget to delete this informational block when you are ready to share your site with your students. For help working with OpenLab Course sites, visit OpenLab Help.


Your first exam will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd. To prepare for the test, you as a class will construct a crowd-sourced review sheet. Each of you is responsible for choosing one question and creating a post with the question and its solution on the OpenLab. Try to pick questions that you think make good test questions (not too easy); try to pick topics that haven’t been posted by your classmates. Select the category “Exam 1 Review” from the right side of the screen before posting your question/solution. Your post is due on the OpenLab by Friday, February 19 at 11:59pm.

Learning Outcomes

  • Determine appropriate exam problems
  • Practice solving exam problems
  • Work with posts and media on the OpenLab

Due Date(s)

  • Your post is due on the OpenLab by Friday, February 19 at 11:59pm.


  1. Choose (and complete) one question from
    • the textbook homework on the course outline,
    • Webwork, or
    • the final exam review sheet.
  2. Create and submit a new post on the OpenLab with your problem and full solution (see “Resources” below for help with creating a post).
  3. Title your post “Exam 1 Review” and add the section and problem number.
  4. Add the category Exam 1 Review before submitting your post.
  5. You may type out the solution on the OpenLab, or upload a photo of your (legible, neat) hand-written work.
  6. Publish your post.

Make sure nobody has submitted your problem already; try to make sure every topic that will be on Exam 1 is represented.

It is up to you as a class to ensure that all solutions are correct. If you have a question about someone else’s post, if you would like more detail, or if you think the solution contains an error, post a comment asking the question or correcting the error.

The idea here is that you as a class are creating a review sheet for everyone to study from for the first test.

Grading Rubric

  • Question is appropriate for an exam and is not a duplicate
  • Solution is complete, legible, and correct
  • Post is titled appropriately, categorized, and submitted by the due date


Assignment created by Kate Poirier