Evaluation MechanismsExercises are graded and returned the next class along with a detailed answer key so I don't need to review exercises unless they were really bad. I test fairly frequently - about 4-5 times a semester in a first or second year class, and about 3 times in a junior/senior class. The semester exams have both an individual and group part that are done in class. This means that the individual part should take them only about 30-35 minutes and the group part about 40-45 minutes. The longer time for the group part is to give them a time for discussion. The group exam has some questions that are the same as on the individual part, and usually one additional question that is a bit harder that needs group cooperation to finish. The final exam is all individual work.
I have found that it is also easier to grade when I use a small point scale. My exercises are graded on a 5 point scale, but most of the time, I usually give only 5, 4.5, 4, 3.5, or 3 points. Since I know the students were there and worked, I figure it would be unfair to give less. So if an answer is correct it gets a 5, good but small mistakes 4.5, average 4, less than average work 3.5, and either not enough work or real problems 3.
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