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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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….
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
drawing of questions
notes at exam
notes for preparation
slides with figures
No preparation time
With known questions
With drawing of questions
With notes at the exam
Without preparation time
Without known questions
Without drawing of questions
Without notes at the exam
Groups – those formed during the semester
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)
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
Is oral exam well aligned with a teaching activity in which the student has no chance to do presentations?