About online examination

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by isa53359, Jun 24, 2006.

  1. little fauss

    little fauss New Member

    That's just a matter of a prof giving you too much time and not making the exams course-centric enough.

    I had one class at UMass where we had all the time in the world for online quizzes (at least it seemed that way). However, the quizzes were just there as window dressing. The real work was in the group projects.

    I had another class where the prof also gave us tons of time. But there it was just an easy grader.

    Another class I took was very time intensive for online testing, and there were 10 over the course of the class. I pushed hard to get those tests done in the required time frame and I studied for probably 6-10 hrs before taking each timed exam. That was just an example of a tough teacher. He wouldn't give me the benefit of the doubt when I finished the course with 89.93%. I respect him for it (not that I didn't try to talk him into the "A").

    I'm currently developing an online class. I'm taking pains to make sure that those little undergrad slackers can't get by just googling answers and relaxing. I'm gonna make the little turkeys learn something!
  2. JoAnnP38

    JoAnnP38 Member

    By and large, universities are not going to let you switch proctors for each exam. I've had the same proctor since 2002 and over two different universities. My proctor knows me and would know immediately if someone else were to show up in my place.

    Unproctored exams that aren't designed for someone to take unproctored (i.e. open book, take-home exams from hell) are not credible.
  3. JoAnnP38

    JoAnnP38 Member


    Every graduate course (4) that I have taken has had a mid-term and final (along with projects/papers and homework.) In fact last semester, in a single course I had *3* mid-term exams and one final. It was the hardest class I have ever taken period. I doubt that I could have find anyone who would have been able to take these exams for me and done a reasonable job.
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  4. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    The first two courses I took for my masters degree were done via DL through Florida Tech. One course had two exams and a final while the other course had a midterm and a final. I had the same professor for both courses and both courses consisted of take home exams. The exams were open book, open note, and had to be finished within a week. These exams were take home-exams from hell and they took up my entire week.

    After that semester, I visited my graduate advisor and informed him I wanted take the rest of the courses on-site (satellite campus). The rest of my courses consisted of proctored, in-class, closed book, closed note exams. These exams were much easier than the ones from my first two courses and I can honestly say that my learning experience was about the same.

    My current program doesn’t consist of many exams. Instead, it relies on written assignments in which I am finding to be every bit [if not more so] effective than exams.
  5. little fauss

    little fauss New Member

    On occasion, I've allowed my students to go the take-home open book/note or in-class open book/note route before. They're always eager to do it, thinking they can get a free pass. But of course, they have no clue. It's not a free pass, it's generally tougher. Of course, I grade the tests tougher, I try to make it such that they can't just find the answers in the glossary of the book. Giving such a test isn't a free ride for the students, it's really more a trick that profs can use to actually get the students to read and learn those sections of the coursework that they want them to cover.

    The toughest exams I ever took prior to law school were in Microecon. Open book/note. I sat there furiously flipping through the pages to no avail. You had to have actually read the stuff in detail before and gotten an understanding sufficient to apply the material to new situations. When I got the test beck--a cool 44%. Luckily, the prof graded on a curve, it was a "C". I finished the class with less than 60%, but that was good for a "B". Seems that everybody else was in or near to the same boat as me. Yeah, those open book/note tests are a breeze!
  6. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Nah! He probably just CLEPped out (making sure to schedule his CLEPs on an entirely different campus).
  7. Faxinator

    Faxinator New Member

    She had already completed two degrees, at least as of today she had no use for any credits from the classes.
  8. recruiting

    recruiting Member

    When I took exams for my AA's I earned at Coastline Community College, at the local Air base, my Military ID was asked for when I checked in,. Then it was looked at, put in a box until I finished at which time the proctor looked at me AGAIN, gave me the ID and let me go home. Geesh!

    When taking an exam one has to ASK to go to the rest room, and the test taker are seated in a little half cubical thingys.

    It's a bit depressing in there LOL.. :D

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