[FUN_Mail] Open book/on-line exam questions

Amy R. Pearce apearce at astate.edu
Sun Mar 8 21:16:14 EDT 2020


I also do something similar-- on all of my exams, I have a section called "Describe the Scene" where a graphic or picture is presented. Instructions convey that students should treat it as an essay with a visual cue. They can add labels and a title, but their response must include a response in essay format. Works great for resting membrane potential, events of a chemical synapse, etc and can be easily adapted to other topics.

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Hi Judith
I'm of the same mind as Audrey and Tracy - in fact, we used to do a variation of reverse journal club where you are given a figure (or can Frankenstein a figure) and then have to discuss what is being presented, how this would have been generated, and what follow-up future questions might be applicable - so a variation of what both Audrey and Tracy mentioned

Good luck to you and everyone else - seems like a terrible scenario to have to figure this out on the fly.

Bill

Dr. William Ju, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
University of Toronto


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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.

Thanks,
Judy O



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