Physics Alive

Reimagining: Final Exam Week

May 7, 2021

During final exam week, student activities groups across the nation provide experiences that will help reduce student stress. But in this episode, the spotlight is pointed at the high stakes, cumulative exams themselves, and the flurry of late semester assignments that generate these stress loads. Let’s reimagine final exam week. Are traditional final exams really a meaningful and appropriate way to end the academic year or can we create a finale that sends students off in grand style? Let’s consider some alternatives and why we might want to try something new.

 

Articles and web links from the episode:

 

Sleep and Final exam performance

 

Two-stage exams

 

Kelly O’Shea’s Collaborative Lab Practicum

 

Epic Finales

 

Karinda Barrett’s Concept Mapping finale

 

General alternatives to traditional testing

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