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Asking the Right Questions: How to Design Exams that Teach

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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning-Learning Studio

100 Decatur Street Southeast

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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Final exams can be an excellent way to illustrate what students have learned over the course of the semester, and, to be honest, they can be a good tool for grade justification. The “objective” nature of the final exam often makes us feel as if we’ve been fair and responsible teachers by offering one, and the terror they inspire in students makes us feel that we’ve asked them to complete a particularly challenging task. However, the traditional final exam tends to encourage binge and purge learning, and while finals may seem terrifying to students and comfortably familiar to faculty, they may not be achieving what we hope, and in fact, may undermine all the difficult work we do throughout the semester. In this session, we will discuss final exam design and how to create the types of exams that encourage learning rather than cramming.

Hosted by Dr. Jennifer Hall

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