John Falconer, President’s Teaching Scholar and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Probably the most important aspect of grading students is trying to prepare assessments that are fair and demonstrate student understanding of the material. Several things can be done to make exams fair including: (1) making it clear to students what is expected of them, (2) not giving the same exam questions that used in the previous years, (3) providing enough questions so that students are not unfairly penalized if they miss one question, (4) providing sufficient time so that students have time to think about the question and are not rushed to finish the exam, (5) ensuring that the questions are fair and do not contain errors, and (6) testing on understanding instead of memorization. A second important aspect of preparing exams is making them as easy to grade as possible so that the instructor’s and TA’s time is used efficiently. In addition to in-class exams, many other assessment methods are used in my courses including: reading quizzes before class, in-class questions to which students respond using personal response systems (clickers), assignments, peer evaluation of group work, and in-class participation credit.

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The FTEP Symposia are designed and provided for our instructional faculty members. Participation in FTEP Workshops and Symposias is open to Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Instructors, Senior Instructors and Scholars-in-Residence, as per your official HR Job Class. If you plan to participate in a symposium conducted by a presenter whose college is different from your own, please be prepared to adapt the recommended teaching tools to the needs of your own discipline.


Tuesday, October 8, 3:30-4:30 PM

This event will be held in ATLAS 200


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