The “muddiest point” is a classroom assessment technique that faculty can use to gauge understanding of material presented in class or in readings.
Ann Carlson has a great explanation of how this technique can be used (from the Western Washington University Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment website).
At the end of class, ask your students to write down on a piece of paper or an index card what they may not have understood from the day’s class–what points are still not clear. Make sure that students do not sign their name.
Collect these cards and pieces of paper.
Look through the cards and determine how or whether you will address some of these points before the next class. One way to address some of the confusion is to create a brief Tegrity video, six minutes or less, that directly addresses the most frequently stated muddy point.
Ann Carlson cautions against over-using this muddiest point strategy as you’re asking students to wrap up your class by dwelling on the parts that they didn’t understand, thus ending every class on a negative note.