Implementation Issues

 

Statistics instructors face many “practical” decisions in designing exams for their course. We have asked several experienced faculty to weigh in on a series of questions about exam use, design, and evaluation. The first column gives a short description of the teaching setting for each respondent. Following the column heading link displays all responses to an individual question topic. Following the row heading link displays all the response for an individual. Following a link within the table jumps you to that individual’s response to that topic.

 

The general areas of discussion were:

  • Use of Exams: How are exams used in the course (format and purpose)
  • External Aids: Do student use external reference aids on exams
  • Use of Technology: Are students allowed/encouraged to use any technology on exams
  • Constructing Exams: How are questions chosen and points assigned
  • Writing Process: Describe the process used to write an exam from scratch
  • Exam Grading: How are questions graded and scores reported
  • Preparing Students for the Exam: What preparation is supplied for the students
  • Post-Exam Feedback: How is exam performance conveyed to the students afterwards

 

The exact questions used to motivate discussion are included in the following links.


 

 

Context

use of exam

external aids

use of technology

constructing exams

writing process

exam grading

preparing

post-exam

 

Beth Chance,

Cal Poly, SLO

Undergraduate, Introductory Public, 40-50 students

George Cobb

Mt. Holyoke College

Undergraduate

Introductory 

Private

Joan Garfield,

U of Minnesota

Graduate

Introductory

25-30 students

Public

John Holcomb,

Cleveland State Univ

Undergraduate

Introductory 

30-45 students 

open enrollmt, Commuters

Carl Lee

Central Michigan Univ

Undergraduate

Introductory (business), 

4-500 students

Tony Onwuegbuzie, University of S. Florida

Graduate

All levels

20 students

Roxy Peck,

 Cal Poly, SLO

Undergraduate

Introductory 

45-50 students 

Public

Allan Rossman

Cal Poly, SLO

Undergraduate

Introductory 

30-50 students 

Public

Deb Rumsey,

Ohio State

Undergraduate

Introductory 

Public

 

Candace Schau

Graduate 

Introductory

15-30 students