Evaluations for Senior Classes. John S. Walton Animal & Poultry Science, OAC University of Guelph (in support of supervised examinations). Outline. Why am I here? What I do Why I think supervised examinations are important How I think these can be improved
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Evaluations for Senior Classes
John S. Walton
Animal & Poultry Science, OAC
University of Guelph
(in support of supervised examinations)
Why am I here?
I am somewhat concerned for the future of final examinations ….
Potential Solutions to Exam Conflicts:
The Problem of Alternate Exams:
What I do:
I teach –
ANSC*3120Animal Reproduction (3-3) W
ANSC*4130Reproductive Management and Technology (3-3) W
ANSC*312096 students (‘04)
is the prerequisite for
ANSC*4130 38 students (‘04)
Midterm examination 40% (2 h)20 questions (wk 1-6)
Final examination 40% (2 h)20 questions (wk 7-12)
Laboratory books 20%
ANSC*4130 (the course I’ll focus on primarily)
*Midterm examination 30% (2 h) 3 questions (wk 1-6)
*Final examination 30% (2 h) 3 questions (wk 7-12)
*(6 questions, 3 are selected)
The Correct Distribution?
My written exams tended to (and still do) focus on “Do they know anything?”
For example: ANSC*3120 Results
High proportion of ‘A’ grades despite the fact no student really demonstrated an ‘A’ performance (examination is heavy on retention of factual material)
What is an ‘A’ Grade?
80-100 ‘A’ Excellent
“An outstanding performance in which the student demonstrates a superior grasp of the subject matter AND AN ABILITY TO GO BEYOND THE GIVEN MATERIAL IN A CRITICAL AND CONSTRUCTIVE MANNER ….”
WHAT DO THEY KNOW?
CAN THEY THINK?
WHAT DO THEY KNOW?
CAN THEY THINK?
more difficult – but necessary
Why I think supervised examinations are important
They provide an accurate method of assessing each student
The risk of academic misconduct is relatively low (well-defined boundaries)
Unsupervised examinations/assignments are relatively susceptible to plagiarism (“facilitated” academic misconduct)
Both are a 2 h written exam
(during wk 7 and during Final Exams)
Questions published:week 3 (Midterm)
week 9 (Final)
6 questions/exam (1 question per week)
In pairs (answer either 1 or 2, etc)
After graduation, you are contracted by Health Canada to assist with submissions to the Veterinary Drugs Directorate for approval of the CIDR-B* device for use in lactating dairy cattle. The request for the label-claim is for the regulation of ovulation in dairy cattle, including problem breeders. Review the currently available published evidence (North America) and develop an appropriate recommendation [i.e. prohibit, permit use, permit use with restrictions (milk withdrawal/slaughter)]. Be sure to frame this according to the approval criteria: 1) efficacy; 2) human safety; and 3) potential impact on the cow(short andlong-term).
*CIDR-B is an intra-vaginal insert that contains the hormone progesterone, ovulation is blocked while the insert is in place.
Students are encouraged to:
Scalability and transferability:
Given the 2 courses I teach – I’d suggest a maximum of ~ 100 students (perhaps more, if it is the only course to be graded)
Applicable in any course that lends itself to essay-type questions
The Sales ‘Pitch’