Designing Final Exams

Teachers should design finals to be culminating learning experiences. In an important book (Assessing Student Performance: Exploring the Purpose and Limits of Testing, Jossey-Bass, 1999.) on student assessment (and academic ethics), Grant Wiggins claims that many of the reasons students focus on grades (and get involved in cheating) is because assessments depend on secrecy more than successful mastery. Here are some immediate steps you can take to help your students complete their final examinations successfully. Testing The most common problem with composing final examinations, as well as other kinds of tests, is that they can be easy to write and […]
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