Getting information on student understanding takes place throughout the length of the course in many different assessment processes. We all have lessons that we know create confusion or are a little more difficult for students to grasp. I have found that the memory matrix is a good tool to use to help reinforce what the class was focused on. It can be customized to any topic and allows the students to connect information that was presented in a practical manner. By putting a group discussion at the end of the activity it also allows for the students to understand the perspective other students brought to the topic and builds a larger knowledge base. By using this type of CAT I have noticed greater application of more confusing skills inside of my classes.
The memory matrix is a table created with columns and rows. The amount of rows and columns can vary based on what you want the student to provide detail on. As the instructor you fill in the row and column headings but the remaining cells are blank. If there is a concept or topic that is causing trouble for a particular section you can customize the content and focus on the areas where there appears to be trouble. As the students start to fill out the matrix it helps them connect to the operation inside of the software application that is being used. The example below shows a portion of a memory matrix that is used on the readability of fonts in a graphic design layout. The student needs to identify a font that would work for each font style. Once the form is filled out a small group discussion takes place for students to compare their answers.