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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Pass!


Students allowed to set their own exam
By Liz Lightfoot, Education Correspondent
(Filed: 29/06/2006)

A lecturer who wants to engender trust and respect in his students has let them set their own final-year exam.
They were also allowed to take notes into the exam hall in case they could not answer their own questions.
The move is part of a growing shift from "sudden death" exams to "assessment for learning" in which students play a part in judging their performance. But critics say the practice has more to do with the general dumbing down of standards.
Dr Mike Reddy, a senior lecturer in computing and engineering at the University of Wales, Newport, defended his action in The Times Higher Education Supplement today, saying it was better than "the common practice" of recycling old exam papers or giving "strong hints" about content.
Daily Telegraph

6 Comments:

Blogger Kristen said...

I read this today and thought of you...from the "reporting odd news to the world" standpoint, I mean.

7:52 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Heh! Heh!

I remember that case - it came to mind when I was on jury service recently, I think half the people there were listening for odd "shushing" noises.

I bet he gets let off on the grounds that it was really just a plea for help :)

2:32 PM  
Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

Why not just hand out parchments and let them fill in the degree of their choice. PhD please.

2:41 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

It's all getting a bit silly - bring back apprenticeships, I say.
And serfs.

2:17 AM  
Blogger gazza27 said...

They could also charge that judge with "handelling swollen goods"

8:24 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Ha! Ha! Ha!

Gold star for that one, Gazza!!!

12:31 PM  

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