Can someone point me to papers indicating whether or not a midterm is an important part of a course?
I suspect I can find many 'experiential anecdotes' that midterms are good/bad/moot but I would really like some concrete evidence (papers?) that a midterm is a useful assessment element in a mathematics/computer science course.
In particular, what would happen if I replaced midterms with many small quizzes? Do we get a change in student learning?
EDIT: If it helps, I am at a Canadian University and at our institution, a course grade break down routinely consists of 10% assignments, 30% for a 2 hour test assessment (a midterm in the middle of a course) and a 2.5 hour 60% final exam assessment after the course lecturing. These percentages fluctuate a bit from course to course but are relatively stable. I'm thinking about removing the midterm and redistributing the weight to more quizzes, assignments and other components like this.