Preparing for Final Exams, Nov 2014

What does an effective final exam look like?  Have you asked yourself what—of all the material, processes, and procedures you’ve taught this semester—should actually show up on the final exam?  What should be assessed? Knowledge and comprehension?  Analytical skills?  The ability to evaluate and synthesize information?  Take a look at your course goals and student-learning outcomes to ensure that you’re testing students on what you really want them to know or do.

What will you do if students request a make-up final exam?  Perhaps you didn’t realize that students may be officially excused from their finals, requiring you to administer a make up.  When students are forced to miss a final examination due to illness, accident, death in the family, or other unavoidable reasons, they can receive approval from the Dean of Students Office to arrange another exam time with their instructor.  Students are also excused from exams that are “bunched.”  Talk with your department head to find out the policy on administering make ups.  It helps to know the policy and have a plan, just in case.

How do iTV instructors administer final exams?  UConn recognizes that you can’t be in two places at once.  If you teach an iTV course and need a final-exam proctor for a remote location, visit Campus Proctors for contact information.


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