Category Archives: Assessment

Embracing the 4th “R” in the Classroom – Rubrics Rule for a Reason

It seems the rubrics have been all the rage over the past few years, and here at SMU it is no different. While many instructors have found success for their students and themselves using rubrics in their courses, others are … Continue reading

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First: Scantron. Now: Automated essay graders. What’s next?

From the April 4 New York Times: Imagine taking a college exam, and, instead of handing in a blue book and getting a grade from a professor a few weeks later, clicking the “send” button when you are done and receiving … Continue reading

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Cheaper! Faster! Better?

In the wake of the nation’s financial hard times, calls for accountability and affordability permeated most industries, including higher education. The buzz hit academia on several fronts, especially in the area of bang-for-the-buck. Political and societal trends toward viewing university … Continue reading

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Multiple-choice exams in a liberal-arts curriculum (Part II)

Notwithstanding the urging of the speaker at the 1984 AALS workshop for new teachers (see Part I below), multiple-choice questions would seem, at first blush, to be inappropriate in courses that emphasize synthesis of highly abstract concepts and application of … Continue reading

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Multiple-choice exams in a liberal-arts curriculum (Part I)

The summer before I started teaching at SMU in 1984, the law school sent me to the workshop for new teachers that is sponsored each year by our professional association, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). During that two-day … Continue reading

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