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Oral exams. Workshop on oral exams Intended purpose for this short session to unfold the space of oral exams to understand how to pick a style to understand the tradeoffs between the different ways it can be conducted

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Oral exams

Oral exams

Workshop on oral exams

Intended purpose for this short session

to unfold the space of oral exams

to understand how to pick a style

to understand the tradeoffs between the different ways it can be conducted

Exchange of tidbits on: how to make the exam efficient, how to make it less stressful for the student, how to give feedback, how to….


Design space for oral exams

Design space for oral exams

With or without written background material (typically a report)

With or without preparation time

With or without notes at the preparation

With or without known questions

With or without drawing of questions

With or without notes at the exam


Student anxiety

Student anxiety

known questions

preparation time

drawing of questions

notes at exam

notes for preparation

slides with figures

  • unknown questions

  • no preparation time

  • teacher ask random questions

  • no notes at exam

low anxiety

high anxiety


Teachers expectations wrt performance

Teachers expectations wrt. performance

  • known questions

  • preparation time

  • drawing of questions

  • notes at exam

  • notes for preparation

  • slides with figures

  • unknown questions

  • no preparation time

  • teacher ask random question

  • no notes at exam

high

low


Case 1

Case 1

No preparation time

With known questions

With drawing of questions

With notes at the exam

X

low anxiety

high anxiety


Case 2

Case 2

Without preparation time

Without known questions

Without drawing of questions

Without notes at the exam

X

low anxiety

high anxiety


Case 3 advanced oop @itu fall 2006

Case 3 – Advanced OOP @ITU Fall 2006

Groups – those formed during the semester

Two parts

voluntary – each student picks their fav. topic from a list or form their own – a few plastic slides allowed

mandatory – draw or shoot (pick a random, or let me pick)

X

low anxiety

high anxiety


Oral examination style

Oral examination style


Oral exam with background deliverable

Oral exam with background deliverable

Often used with projects and thesis – i.e. non-course based learning.

Advice: Be explicit about the expectations

Is the presentation in itself important?

Expected length of presentation and questioning

Weight between oral and deliverable


Alignment

Alignment

Is oral exam well aligned with a teaching activity in which the student has no chance to do presentations?


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