[FUN_Mail] Open book/on-line exam questions

Audrey Ettinger Ajetting at cedarcrest.edu
Sun Mar 8 19:17:05 EDT 2020

Could you give them data figures from papers to analyze as part of it?  I like to give novel data in my primary paper-based classes.

In my diseases class, I often have questions that are some version of "name a molecule you might want to target to treat this disease, and explain what change you would like to make to it and why it makes sense."  Yes, they can google the pieces, but they still have to assemble a coherent answer.  For grading, I usually use 2 points per idea, so that I can pretty quickly say yes/half/barely/none and assign points accordingly.

Glad to share specific examples if you think that would help!


Audrey J. Ettinger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Neuroscience Program

Health Professions Advisor

Cedar Crest College

100 College Drive

Allentown, PA 18104


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I'm scheduled to give an exam next week, right after spring break. I was finishing my first draft of the exam when I realized that many of the students should probably be self-quarantined when they return to campus, so now I'm trying to think about alternative ways to finish the semester.... or at least get through the next week. An open-book or on-line exam seems like a great alternative, but I have never written an open-book exam before and am not sure how to think about it. Does anyone have specific and/or constructive suggestions? It seems like students could google any question I might ask that addresses content learning objectives. A bunch of open-ended essay questions seems like a nightmare to grade, so if that is what you have done, suggestions about rubrics and how to make grading easier are also needed. This is an upper-level class with 30 students on Neurobiology of Disease.

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