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  • Posted in: AHA Member Forum

    I teach at a large state university. I've shifted away from in-class exams for both lower and upper division history courses. The time that students spend producing an "on-demand" writing task isn't a very good use of the limited time we have together. ...

  • Posted in: AHA Member Forum

    I can share my personal experience from 55 years ago. I went to a very good public high school in a large city. I never saw an essay test, and the longest paper I ever had to write was one page. In 1965 I began college at Georgetown. The only kind of ...

  • Posted in: AHA Member Forum

    I am also a department chair, at a similar kind of school. A few years ago my school looked into this issue, including talking with colleges and surveying alums. We found that students at college had a mix of exams and project, and that exams were found ...

  • Posted in: AHA Member Forum

    I teach at the community college level and I do not use exams as an assessment tool. It creates too much stress for students and it is not a clear indication of what (and how) they are learning. I utilize assignments and at least one paper broken down ...

  • Posted in: AHA Member Forum

    I strongly believe in the importance of projects as opposed to timed tests and exams for history education because it helps with knowledge retention. In my experience, for timed tests, even if the questions are "why" essay questions, students have to ...

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