[FUN_Mail] Open book/on-line exam questions

Tracy M Hodgson t-hodgson at northwestern.edu
Sun Mar 8 19:23:41 EDT 2020


Maybe some case studies?  Also pull from the literature  - ask them to interpret a figure or critique a method. Or, have them propose an experiment  - any of these can be designed as a series of short answer questions.  Probably no way to prevent them from working together other than the honor system.


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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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